The Sword in the Stone – (K)nightly (T)errors

Battle of Agincourt (source of the miniature: Wikipedia)

So the Jacques are elusive. Yesterday, while clearing out the family archives, I came across a reproduction of an old map with a spelling error on it. Or not a spelling error? Were there two villages with the same name? I really don’t know. It’s just a side quest but most intriguing.

It looks like most of my ancestors came from a quite small area around the language border. It was possible to draw a triangle encompassing the main landmarks. Keeping the hoaxy THBTHG in mind, I drew some lines to determine the centre of the triangle. It turned out to be the Roman tumuli where allegedly the Liege people battled against Charles the Bold. Interesting coincidence. There is very little chance anything interesting is still in those graves. Most of them have been raided a long time ago. Definitely not the Righteous Judges or the Holy Grail. More likely garbage bags.

Fine dramatic personalities

The past few evenings I binge watched Knightfall season 2. Ignore the Imdb score, season 2 is even better than season 1. Not exactly historically accurate but extremely entertaining nonetheless.

The past couple months I’ve spent most of my art time at home preparing my book with ideas and sketches for art school. Can’t show any of that yet (academy policy). But this week I have started work on the Burgundian paintings again at home.

Background music currently playing: the Unicorn ensemble with Rosa das rosas.

Gilles is a dead end but the Jacques are intriguing. Their coat of arms could be a lead.

(Re-)discovered an extra source of medieval inspiration, somewhat predating – or postdating as it’s based a play by the Bard – Charles the Bold: Henry V in superscope, aka Laurence Olivier rocking a bowl cut. Here is the link on YouTube:

In Superscope!

Heer Halewijn

Een sinistere klassieker, op YT een muzikale versie gevonden. Ik weet niet wie de band is. Niet Rum, voorzover ik weet. Was de inspiratie voor een paar schilderijen en schetsen.

Wrestling with too many Jacobs

I’ve lost the thread so I’m running into a lot of dead ends in the last branches of the gen-tree’s maze. I’m wrestling with several Jacques (French for Jacob, nb). Jacques 1 is an illigitimate descendant of John II of Brabant. Jacques 2 is a knight who may or may not be related to Jacques 1, and the same goes for Jacques 3 who may or may not be the father of Sibylle. But if Jacques 3 is not the father of Sibylle, who is it? Well, there is a candidate: yet another knight named Jacques. All this is not really part of the sword in the stone except Thierry d’Alsace, it’s driving me crazy anyway.

Resumed research regarding Charles the Bold. Not reading anything in particular.

Been getting inspiration from Henry V with Laurence Olivier.

Sorely neglected my IG account.

Done a lot of painting too but nothing is in a good enough state to be shown.


Summer slides into autumn. The days are getting shorter and darker, the nights much much longer.

I’ve been quite busy, clearing out a house, preparing work for the two final years at art school, preparing materials for upcoming events, fighting numerous battles with the System.

Charles the Bold is not a valid subject in contemporary art so I am keeping him at home, painting sketches of faded ancestors on paper instead. In the evenings I am trying to complete the puzzle of the family tree. It’s been a strange but compelling journey, involving murders, bastard offspring, famine and the Plague, crusades and dispensations, knights and peasants, dukes, carpenters and Italian bankers and a few drops of the Holy Blood. Currently I’m investigating a medieval woman named Sybille. I don’t know where it will end, ideally in Blois.


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