The Roman graves near Montenaken. Apparently they played a role in the battle of Montenaken (Image: Wikipedia)

So this morning, after making some sketches of Lorenzo (who has a strange face nb) I did some quick research about the connection between Charles of Burgundy and the town I’m living in. I am planning some photographic sequel to a series of photographs my grandfather once did, ie taking pictures of the same places many years later to compare the changes. I thought it would be cool to include pictures of the place where Charles the Bold’s camp was – nothing to do with the old series – but I haven’t found the location so far. Jean de Haynin only mentions the town’s name and I found the route the army took from here to St. Truiden and Liège, and that there were some negotiations with Charles around here but not the actual location. Maybe the local city archives have information, but I don’t know if they’re accessible. They have a huge damp and mould problem apparently. Given the fact that the Burgundians were probably dragging cannons along, and those are slow, I’m guessing they didn’t take huge detours. So it could have been close to where we are living now, as we’re close to the old road to Liège. Or not at all. Maybe there are some letters. The Bold wrote so many letters. Nowadays he would have dictated e-mails into his smartwatch while being driven to the battlefield in his armoured limo. No, he would just stay home and send drones into the field, I guess.

Anyway, I found a lot of interesting trivia while looking up all of this.

Nothing to do with the Liègeois but one of the inhabitants of a hamlet close by fought in the battle of Monthléry.

Nothing to do with Charles the Bold, but apparently my old school was once one of the residencies of the Dukes of Brabant.

Inhabitants of our town took part in the siege of Amiens by Charles the Bold.

During the Bold’s Liège wars, there was a big battle againts Liège near Montenaken in 1465. Now the interesting part is that one branch of my ancestors are all from that area, including Egidius (but he’s from a later date so he didn’t take part obviously).

According to Jean de Haynin, Lodewijk van Gruuthuuse was stationed at our town for a while. Lodewijk is the one I already wrote about in connection with the manuscript that contains the Egidius song/poem. Must look into that. I’m at this point that I probably need to go digging into old manuscripts.

I found more interesting stuff in old documents but that’s for later. I have some time next week. I may do a short the Bold tour of Belgium depending on the weather and administrative obligations.