The Women of Wijnendale Castle in Torhout, Belgium

April 22, 2016 Moniek 1

The current Wijnendale Castle is mostly a 19th century reconstruction and the first castle on the site was built by Robert, Count of Flanders and was used as a base for military operations. During the next two centuries it was a place of residence for the Counts of Flanders and in 1298 it was inherited [read more]

The murder of Philippa of Flanders

October 23, 2015 Moniek 4

Philippa of Flanders (or Philippa of Dampierre) was born around 1287 as the daughter of Guy, Count of Flanders and Isabella of Luxembourg. Philippa’s father sought support from the English king Edward I to preserve the autonomy of Flanders from its powerful neighbour France, and in 1294 Philippa was betrothed to Edward II. The French [read more]

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