A walk around Kortrijk
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January 9th, 2010 – by: Adrian_Liston
A highlight for me was seeing the Golden Spurs hanging from the chapel roof of Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk. The Battle of the Golden Spurs was a famous battle between Flemish commoners and French knights on July 11th, 1302. Being lowly commoners, the Flemish didn't realise that after winning they were meant to only kill foot soldiers and ransom off the highborn knights, instead killing the lot and keeping the golden spurs of the knights as a symbol of their victory. It is still odd for me to see history over 700 years old in the form of golden spurs hanging from the ceiling of a building that watched it all go by, rather than as a story pieced together from myth and archeological evidence.
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