Category: Charles the Bold

Your mother was a hamster!

Als voorbereiding op een werk was ik wat onderzoek aan het doen over François Villon, een misdadige dichter of dichtende misdadiger, uit het Frankrijk van de vijftiende eeuw. Toevallig kwam ik uit op een stomme film uit 1927 – The Beloved Rogue -, een redelijk gefingeerde biografie waarin Villon gespeeld wordt door John Barrymore. Het blijkt echter dat de personages Louis XI en Karel van Bourgondië ook een grote rol in de film spelen. De film is weer zo’n fijn jaren 20 geval van kartonnen decors, rare kleren, manliner en groteske overacting. Conrad Veidt is fantastisch als Louis. De film kan oa. bekeken worden op YouTube en archive.org. Hier zijn een paar van mijn favoriete beeldjes. Weer veel inspiratie opgedaan.

Lawson Butt als Charles the Bold
Conrad Veidt als Louis IX
John Barrymore als François Villon. In mijn ogen heeft hij hier een hoog Eric Idle-gehalte.
De damsel (nog niet) in distress
Een van de eindscenes met Charles in een harnas met glittersjaal, Louis met vettig haar en Villon die er nogal Johnny Weismuller-achtig uitziet in deze scene. Hij was net uit een kooi van een toren gehaald


Gaat dat zien, gaat dat zien!


The Sword in the Stone -Update – Jacques

Antoine de Glymes, born in 1500, he has nothing to do with this story but it seems there are no pictures of 15th century Jacques.

Still not very mobile, so read half of the book about the Burgundian mercy letters. I came across a story about a couple that eloped via abduction with consent in the 15th century and that afterwards wrote a letter to the Bold asking for mercy. The couple were from Louvain and as my grandfather’s ancestors were from that area I was interested to find out more about them and see if there was a link. My grandfather’s ancestors were simple craftsmen/women and not many records of them exist. Thus I hadn’t gotten very far in that part of the tree. When I researched the couple mentioned above, I didn’t find a link with them but somehow still accidentally progressed in the tree.

The quest led me to a couple small localities to the south of my own habitat, in the French speaking part of the country. The parish records turned out to contain many gaps so a lot of puzzling and comparing trees and sources was involved. I ran into a dead end with a knight named Jacques of Glymes. Still haven’t figured out which one of the many Jacques of Glymes he is. The first son usually got the name of their father so there are many., including some bastard sons etc. A Jacques whose date of death, location and profession match ‘my’ Jacques was involved with/fought against Charles the Bold so it’s a riddle I’d like to solve. Even without a link Jacques’ story is interesting enough. May do a fictitious portrait of him. And another location to visit as well. It’s not very far.


Just some WIP

I’m speechless after reading Minois’ biography, not because the end was so tragic but because I have literally lost my voice. I’m also still more or less immobile because of the pinched nerve. Haven’t done much painting the past couple days, too sick.

Art school: finished three paintings and am now making small studies for our next assignment.

At home I have done quite some work on Ilion and a bit on Nemrut Dagi but nothing about the van der Weyden copy of Charles the Bold, or Antoine or Oscar.

Painted a number of A4 size portraits. Started a small contemporary scene based on a picture of a larp game we hosted quite a while ago and started a large canvas freely based on a collage of silent movies. Been trying out several versions of Egidius. These are all first layers:

A4 study of Egidius
Erik, incapacitated while larping – 25x30cm – first layer
Monthléry – 60×80 – first layer in progress. Painting freely based on a collage of silent movie stills. I’m painting over Animo Inquieto, that one wasn’t going anywhere. Colours dried up a little murky and I still have to add most of the background.

The Sword in the Stone – Update (1/2)

Post in 2 installments. The weather is much better but I’m incapacitated by a cold and an upset stomach and a very stubborn pinched nerve which makes it very painful to move about. AARRRHGGHHH! Also battling scammers and spammers as usual.

Yesterday I went to the library to pick up some books for the rest of my quest. Unfortunately, due to the success of B Van Loo’s Burgundian book the once neglected Burgundian section was raided, including the book about Charles the Bold with the Burgunderbeute. Nevertheless I dragged three interesting books home. Bad pictures on purpose in the light of ‘fair use’.

Book one is about people in Burgundian times who wrote letters to ask for mercy regarding the punishment of their crimes. Checked the index and the B gets mentioned a lot. Haven’t read it yet.

Book two is just for fun. It’s about daily life in Burgundian times and it’s full of miniatures. I have become a huge fan of Loyset Liedet who was a comic artist ‘avant-la-lettre’. Not all drawings are by his hand but there quite a few, including many with men with mighty hats. Here are a few examples by various artists:

Cover of the book
Illustration for Roman de la Rose
Philip the Good pays a visit to the writer of the manuscript he’s commissioned. Look at the shoes and the spindly legs, the crazy clothes. And those hats.
Medieval Bathing house aka brothel. Eating and bathing was a thing in those days. But what I find most hilarious is that most of them kept their hats on LOLHAHAHA.

I finished Minois’ biography about Charles the Bold. To summarise:

It was fairly easy to read, even for a non-native speaker like me, with some ironic/witty remarks. The e-book had the additional advantage that it’s possible to look up words. The disadvantage is that once the software is no longer available the book is no longer accessible as with normal books. I am thinking about getting a physical copy of the book too.

The biography is well documented, especially the part about Neuss, Morat, Nancy etc, with small maps of the battlefields but there are also (quite big sometimes) gaps and some dubious timelines. I also encountered some mistakes/typos. Minois tries to psychoanalyse the Bold but that’s a hit and miss. The role of Anton is a little neglected, but not as much as in other documentation I’ve read so far.

Anyway, as I mentioned before, we probably think we’ve evolved but it seems not too much has changed since Burgundian times: useless wars, powercrazy billionaires, treason and deceit, raping and pillaging, random violence, taxes, etc. Just less forests to escape into. And not enough mighty hats.

End of part I.


Quick update

The weather has been so bad the past two weeks, that I had to postpone my tour of the battlefields. Too much wind, rain and hail. I hope it will get a little better in the coming weeks.

I’ve been working on paintings instead, mostly new ones. I lost confidence halfway through the Bold’s panel,Antoine and Oscar so I painted small sketches of various things on paper; been trying out new brushes and other colours. Also worked on Ilion, Nemrut Dagi and a small modern one. Started a fairly large painting ‘Monthléry”, loosely based on a collage of silent movie stills. Plus I’m working on something with a very short submission deadline. I have to finish it this week. Not going to go into detail in case it doesn’t work out.

I have posted a lot of this stuff on Instagram, which seems an unavoidable evil these days but it’s also dirty, quick and easy. In case you want to have a look at it, my account is isabellehiding, where isabelle is my alternative real first name and hiding is short for hiding in the duchy. There are also weird pictures on it and other people’s doodles and such.

Anyway, still completely immersed in the B’s antics. Been reading about Lorenzo and other renaissance Italians. Accidentally saw something on Youtube about a room in a castle where the B slept and which is for rent. Very tempting but also very expensive so I’ll try to find a free version. Unless it’s haunted with a guarenteed ghost.

Been reading about Yolande and Pentecote. Had some fairly sleepless nights and as such had too much time to think. Suddenly realised that some of the clues I came across in the Eleven part of my quest actually are also valid for the B, especially his burial place. That can’t be a coincidence. Must look into that. But I’m running out of time.

My head is full of cotton and I keep running after my shadow. To bring order to chaos, I make lists. Endless lists. So many lists I have ended up in a maze. I need to get Theseus out again. It’s better to wear some armour when facing an undead lion.

Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale – Time the physician

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