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These boots were made for walking (and hitting someone in the head)

Vie de St. Hubert via

So here is a description of the tête bottée incident as mentioned before. Taken from an old public domain book. Probably just an urban legend.

Paraphrasing [explaining why Philippe de Comines, in the service of the Duke of Burgundy, defected to Louis XI, the king of France]

Some said Commines bore a grudge against Charles and cite the following event, which is just based on a popular tradition. The prince who was still the count of Charolais went on a hunt with Comines and ordered him to pull off his boots. Comines, offended that he was requested to perform the task of a valet, obeyed the order but then requested the same service of Charles, offended by Comines’ liberty, struck him in the head with his boot. Henceforth Comines would be nicknamed ‘tête bottée’ (booted head).

Isn’t that a perfect name for a craft beer?

Another riedel

Mmm, another riedel as found on Youtube I wanted to share. A dance of paradise and hell, if I’m correct. It can also be found on Spotify but the live version is more powerful.

Kleren maken de man

Wat je op je hoofd en om je lijf draagt is blijkbaar al minstens 400 jaar een issue. En niet vergeten, vrouwen moeten zich reguleren naar de staat en conditie van hun man, lolhaha…

Uit een wetboek uit de 1e helft van de 16e eeuw, wetten ingesteld door oa. Filips de Goede:


So I’ve finally spent some time on researching the boot incident. It seems that during a hunting event, Charles the Bold slapped Philippe de Commines in the face with a boot, after which Philippe’s nickname became Tête Bottée. Some claim this may have the reason why he defected to Louis XI, the king of France, but that seems a bit fickle.

I have started synthesising the information about Charles the Bold, starting with his birth. I will add this to the pages later on. Almost two years worth of document gathering turned into a big pile.

Due to a back injury I have not been able to train with swords the past couple weeks. But today I felt better and I hope I can continue next Tuesday as there are some major events in summer. One of the reasons I am studying all that history, it is part of the reenactment.

In art class I am working – apart from other stuff – on a modern interpretation of the Gossaert portrait of a gentleman. As discussed before, the identity of the man is not clear at all, though likely a Burgundian. I made the unfortunate decision to paint on the backside of a rejected piece of canvas. It is way too rough so I don’t know where it will go. While I was working on it, at least three people, one of my classmates and two random men who wandered into the atelier claimed they knew the man, they were quite adamant, which was odd, lol.

Today I’ve spent some time on sketches based on medieval manuscripts, mostly by Loyset Liedet and workshop. He has some scathing reviews but I love his work because it looks so modern.

But what is the point? Everything will be lost eventually…

What’s the point?



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