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…