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David, sorry to be a bit behind. I am LOVING the level of detail. The frequent mentions of my beloved Gent are appreciated particularly. Did I detect a slight chuckle after your comment that Edward went hunting in the 'suburbs around Gent'? Here are my calculations: 9 total references at 10 euros each -3 (while "of Gand" is historically accurate and aristocracy of the time would have used French titles, I just can't abide it. Gent was, and is, Flemish and until the 17th century it was the largest city in Europe next to Paris.) -1 (mention of the dreaded Antwerp) =5 pure and proper mentions of the most beautiful city in the world. btw your pronunciation of Artevelde is now spot-on, as if you were a local. If you are ever in the area and would like a tour, please feel free to contact me.
Toggle Commented Oct 14, 2013 on 102 Highs and Lows at The History of England
I was so happy to hear my beloved Gent mentioned on the podcast that I decided to donate 10 euros for each time you said it. However, the donation would have been more except deductions were made for each mention of Antwerp. Sorry. JACOB, definitely Jacob - a) he would have come from a Flemish speaking family who may have known French, but wouldn't give him a French name. b) Jacob is a common name in the region, as a result of the main church in town from that time period which was on the pilgrims route to Santiago de Compostela. c) the statue pictured above says 'Jacob' (which I cycle by regularly). d) Pronunciation of the last name is: 'Fahn Art-uh-feld-uh' Keep up the great work (=no more holidays, or mentions of Antwerp!)
Toggle Commented Aug 12, 2013 on 100 Theatres of War at The History of England
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