The Golden Spurs of Kortrijk
How the Knights of France Fell to the Foot Soldiers of Flanders in 1302
About the Book
The Franco-Flemish region of medieval Flanders was a locus of important trade routes in the 13th and 14th centuries. Located in a prime position between the Holy Roman Empire and the North Sea (present-day northern Belgium), the urban centers of the region were surpassed in population only by the city-states of central and northern Italy. This positioning afforded the Flemish citizens of the region great prosperity and they formed guilds to protect their rights, regulate their working hours and standardize their wages. These guilds produced a cohesive unit of people eager to retain the rights they had gained.
In 1302, French cavalry faced the determined Flemish soldiers on foot at Kortrijk (Courtrai). This book analyzes the battle that ensued, its origins, consequences and legacy. It also examines the everyday lives of the inhabitants of Flanders; urban dwellers, knights, nobles, women and others. This is the first major English–language study of the historic 14th century battle between the French and the Flemish, a conflict whose repercussions linger in modern Belgium.
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About the Author(s)
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: photos, maps, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2002
Table of Contents
A Note on Language vii
List of Maps x
Chapter 1—Metropolis in the North 3
Chapter 2—The Overlords 47
Chapter 3—The Deadly Politics of Medieval Flanders 73
Chapter 4—The Matins 103
Chapter 5—The Battle 123
Chapter 6—The Aftermath 145
Chapter 7—The Legacy 169
Book Reviews & Awards
• “Informative…valuable reading”—Speculum: A Journal of Medieval Studies
• “Worthwhile”—The NYMAS Review.