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40 days and three Jacobs later…

Riddles, riddles, riddles

I’m battling with my three Jacques again trying to lift the veil of confusion, but I haven’t made any progress. Here is something else instead. This is a picture of the great council of Mechelen of 1473, with Charles the Bold presiding. The original of this painting, though not contemporary, should be somewhere in a museum in Mechelen. I’ve been to Mechelen quite a few times but that was for IL related stuff so I have not yet seen it live. Another thing for the bucket list. Apparently there’s also a painting of John the Fearless in the museum, I think it looks like the Dijon one.

I already knew of the above painting because it features in many catalogues and history books. Charles the Bold is in it, obviously and one of the de Lalaings, can’t be Jacques the tournament Jacques because he had died years before. A while ago I also discovered that it may contain the portrait of the other tournament guy I’m researching (see previous post). And now I’ve discovered a possible ancestor of mine is also in the picture and is sitting quite close to Charles. Wishful thinking, most likely. More documents to decipher.

The plot thickens

View from a room in the castle of Chenonceau

At the moment I’m organising all the information I’ve gathered regarding the quest and writing it down in some sort of report. It is/will be posted under III in the menu. I’ve already drawn up a list of quest objectives and will be adding and updating the information when there is time.

All the while there was one thing that was still bugging me, ie. how some small scribbles on a road sign on the banks of the river Tarn led me to chase a dead duke through medieval Burgundy.

I had already studied the photographs of the two weeks preceding the quest but I hadn’t found anything special. Today I decided to look at them once again and be more thorough.

Soon I found what I was looking for, and more. I managed to link the first day more closely to the quest than I expected.

It’s already late, so the rest will be for the next time.

St George, the dragon, the duke and a finger

See last post 😉

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?


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