Belgium and Holland: Handbook for travellers

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K. Będeker, 1869 - Belgium - 324 pages
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Page xxv - Eyck was court-painter, is inseparably connected with the first bloom of Flemish painting. In 1477 the Netherlands came into the possession of the House of Hapsburg by the marriage of Mary of Burgundy, the daughter of Charles the Bold, the last Duke of Burgundy, with Maximilian, afterwards Emperor of Germany. The children of this marriage were Philip the Handsome (d.
Page iv - God send thee good passage, And specially let this be thy prayere, Unto them all that thee will read or hear, Where thou art wrong, after their help to call, Thee to correct in any part or all.
Page 104 - He was at length arrested through the treachery of a spy, and sent to Vilvorde, where he was imprisoned for two years. He was then tried, and condemned as a heretic. On 6th Oct., 1536, he was chained to the stake, strangled, and finally burnt to ashes. His last words were : * Lord, open the King of England's eyes !' He was a man of simple and winning manners, indefatigable industry, and fervent piety.
Page 210 - Dit huis is te huur' (this house is to hire, or let) is also frequently observed. Stoofjes, or foot-warmers, are universally employed by the female members of the community, and are seen in great numbers in the churches. The Dutch love of cleanliness sometimes amounts almost to a monomania. The scrubbing, washing, and polishing which most houses undergo once every week, externally as well as internally, are occasionally somewhat subversive of comfort.
Page 258 - The houses are all constructed on foundations of piles, a fact which gave rise to the jest of Erasmus of Rotterdam, that he knew a city whose inhabitants dwelt on the tops of trees like rooks.
Page 242 - When the black famine had brought to the death nearly six thousand persons, then God the Lord repented of it, and gave us bread again as much as we could wish).
Page 18 - ... menaced them with excommunication, and the armies of the Empire were put in march against them. Nevertheless, Maximilian was not released until he had sworn upon his knees, before an altar erected in the middle of this square, in presence of magistrates, corporation, and people, to resign his claims to the guardianship of his son, to respect the liberties of Bruges, and to grant a general amnesty for past offences against his person and government. He ratified this treaty by the most solemn oaths...
Page 233 - The picture was carried off to Paris by the French, and was regarded as fourth in point of value among all the pictures in the Louvre. The three which ranked before it were Raphael's Transfiguration, Domenichino's Communion of St. Jerome, and Titian's Martyrdom of St. Peter.
Page 207 - Neerlands bloed in de aders vloeit, Van vreemde smetten vrij, Wiens hart voor land en koning gloeit, Verheff...
Page 66 - Godfrey de liouillon (PI. 60), the hero of the first Crusade, grasping the banner of the Cross in his right hand, probably the finest modern Belgian work of the kind, designed by Simonis. It was erected in 1848, on the spot where, in 1097, Godfrey is said to have exhorted the Flemings to participate in the Crusade, and to have concluded his appeal with the words 'Dieu li volt

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