One of the other books I brought home from the library was a book about the counts of Loon. I’m not going into details here regarding this county because it’s quite complicated. There are some basic facts on the Wikipedia page here.
During my Burgundian research I came across Raes (van Linter, van Rivieren, van Heers, etc) who was born in 1418 so more of the age group of Anton the Bastard (1421) than Charles the Bold but who died in the same year as Charles, though not in the battle of Nancy. He was mayor of Liège and seems to have had a bit of a Boldesque though even more villainous personality. The book I borrowed has some info on him.I’m still reseaching this particular part of the history so I am not going to elaborate on this yet. However, I have already done some preparatory work and searched for maps. I am not sure what sort of maps the B used. Maps in books of that period are not very accurate in general and Mercator and Ortelius hadn’t been born yet, let alone Mr Michelin.
Here are parts of maps that were lying around in our archive, showing the area I plan to do first. The original maps date from around 1700 from what I found on the net, but these look like newer copies (newer, not brand new though, quite some stains on them and discoloured). I’m mostly interested in the old roads and movements of troops so additional research is required. There was another map of the area lying around but that was completely useless. I have added some squares with relevant areas.
By coincidence I spent the evening at St Truiden yesterday but I didn’t have time (or enough light) to visit battlegrounds.
Here is map 1. I have uploaded a large version but it doesn’t seem possible to zoom in on the published version.
Info provided is not yet thoroughly researched so corrections may follow.
From top to bottom and left to right:
Herkenrode: Nothing to do with the Bold but an ancestor may be buried there. More corpse digging to do?
Oirbeek: Square in the middle on the left. This is where that gravestone of Cathlijn van Oirbeek is located, the widow of a Liège knight that was killed in the battle of Monthléry. (see earlier posts).
St. Truiden: city around which the battlefields are located.
Brust(h)em: Right of St. Truiden. Area where the battle of 1467 against Raes took place.
Landen: Nothing to do with the Bold but Peppin of Landen may have been born in this area. He was an ancestor of Charlemagne who is an ancestor of many people around here. The Bold once visited his mausoleum in Aachen according to the biography. It’s indeed a stunning location but pictures inside are not allowed alas.
Montenaeken: where the battle of 1465 took place.
The scale and info at the top of the map:
Here is the second map (no scale this time). For orientation purposes: Liege is to the right and more to the south.
Linter: see Raes.
Ulbeek: Nothing to do with the Bold or Raes, but one of my ancestors lived in that area around 1580.
St. Truiden (see above).
Brust(h)em: see above regarding the battle of 1467.
Heers: see Raes of Heers. Also very close to the area my great grandfather was from (but much later, obviously). A possible ancestor who was about the same age as the Bold lived somewhat to the south from there. Got to look into that, who knows, maybe he took part in the battles.
Niel – Montenaeken: this is where the battle of 1465 took place and where the Roman graves are. This is also the area Egidius was from (supposedly born around 1647, so much later).
That’s all for now.