Belgium and Holland: Handbook for travellers

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K. Będeker, 1869 - Belgium - 324 pages
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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 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 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 18 - B, 5), now a tavern, the citizens of Bruges kept the German King Maximilian, the 'last of the knights', prisoner during twelve days, in the year 1488, on account of his refusal to concede the guardianship of his son Philip, heir to the crown of the Netherlands, to the king of France. The Pope threatened them with excommunication, and the Imperial army was directed to march against the city, notwithstanding which Maximilian was not liberated until, in the presence of the guilds and the townspeople,...
Page xxv - ... growth of art in the Netherlands. The splendourloving Philip the Bold (d. 1404) employed artists of every kind, particularly goldsmiths, while the name of his grandson Philip the Good (1419-1467), to whom Jan van 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...
Page 96 - Bulow, upon the enemy's flank, was a most decisive one; and even if I had not found myself in a situation to make the attack, which produced the final result, it would have forced the enemy to retire, if his attacks should have failed, and would have prevented him from taking advantage of them, if they should unfortunately have succeeded.
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
Page 149 - British was to be maintained, and that the villages in advance of the line were too distant to be reinforced without enormous loss. It is also on record, that the Duke, after his interview with the Marshal on the morning of the simultaneous battles, remarked to one of his staff', 'The Prussians will make a gallant fight; they are capital troops, and well commanded; but they will be beaten/ And the Prussians did fight most gallantly, well sustaining the military reputation of their country.
Page 103 - Duke, who when urged not to expose himself unnecessarily to danger from the lire of the straggling fugitives , replied : '-Let them fire away. The victory is gained, and my life is of no value now!

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