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The Bruges Matins


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The uprising at Bruges. On the 18th of May 1302 an uprising breaks out in Bruges. All citizens loyal to the French (the Leliaarts) and the French themselves are being murdered or taken prisoner. By the town gates three men-at-arms are decapitating a man. To the left of the town two aldermen can be seen offering the town keys to the knights arriving on the panel to the left. They have the very distinct hairstyle of the period and wear the typical overgarment called surcotte. The soldiers wear mail coifs with skullcaps as helmets and seperate mail gloves. The small figure on the right is probably the statue of a saint.

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