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Bruges and West Flanders   By: (1846-1929)

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First Page:

BRUGES AND WEST FLANDERS

Painted by

AMÉDÉE FORESTIER

Described by

G. W. T. OMOND

[Illustration: A FLEMISH COUNTRY GIRL]

Preface

There is no part of Europe more wanting in what is known as 'scenery' than Flanders; and those who journey there must spend most of their time in the old towns which are still so strangely mediæval in their aspect, or in country places which are worth seeing only because of their connection with some event in history Nature has done so little for them. Thus the interest and the attraction of Flanders and the Flemish towns are chiefly historical. But it would be impossible to compress the history of such places as Bruges, Ypres, Furnes, or Nieuport within the limits of a few pages, except at the cost of loading them with a mass of dry facts. Accordingly the plan adopted in preparing the letterpress which accompanies Mr. Forestier's drawings has been to select a few leading incidents, and give these at some length.

The Flemish School of Painting and Architecture has been so well and frequently described that it would have been mere affectation to make more than a few passing allusions to that topic.

Some space has, however, been devoted to an account of the recent development of the Flemish littoral, which has been so remarkable during the last quarter of a century.

Contents

CHAPTER I

THE MARKET PLACE AND BELFRY EARLY HISTORY OF BRUGES

CHAPTER II

BALDWIN BRAS DE FER THE PLACE DU BOURG MURDER OF CHARLES THE GOOD

CHAPTER III

THE BÉGUINAGE CHURCHES THE RELIC OF THE HOLY BLOOD

CHAPTER IV

THE BRUGES MATINS BATTLE OF THE GOLDEN SPURS

CHAPTER V

DAMME THE SEA FIGHT AT SLUIS SPLENDOUR OF BRUGES IN THE MIDDLE AGES THE FALL AND LOSS OF TRADE

CHAPTER VI

'BRUGES LA MORTE'

CHAPTER VII

THE PLAIN OF WEST FLANDERS YPRES

CHAPTER VIII

FURNES THE PROCESSION OF PENITENTS

CHAPTER IX

NIEUPORT THE BATTLE OF THE DUNES

CHAPTER X

THE COAST OF FLANDERS

CHAPTER XI

COXYDE THE SCENERY OF THE DUNES

INDEX

List of Illustrations

1. A Flemish Country Girl 2. Bruges: A Corner of the Market on the Grand' Place 3. Bell ringer Playing a Chime 4. Bruges: Porte d'Ostende 5. Bruges: Rue de l'Âne Aveugle (showing end of Town Hall and Bridge connecting it with Palais de Justice) 6. Bruges: Quai du Rosaire 7. Bruges: The Béguinage 8. Bruges: Quai des Marbriers 9. A Flemish Young Woman 10. A Flemish Burgher 11. Bruges: Quai du Miroir 12. Bruges: View of the Palais du Franc. 13. Bruges: Maison du Pélican (Almshouse) 14. Bruges: Vegetable Market 15. The Flemish Plain 16. Duinhoek: Interior of a Farmhouse 17. Adinkerque: At the Kermesse 18. A Farmsteading 19. Ypres: Place du Musée (showing Top Part of the Belfry) 20. Ypres: Arcade under the Nieuwerk 21. Furnes: Grand' Place and Belfry 22. Furnes: Peristyle of Town Hall and Palais de Justice 23. Nieuport: Interior of Church 24. Furnes: Tower of St. Nicholas 25. Furnes: In Ste. Walburge's Church 26. Nieuport: A Fair Parishioner 27. Nieuport: Hall and Vicarage 28. Nieuport: The Quay, with Eel boats and Landing stages 29. Nieuport: The Town Hall 30. Nieuport: Church Porch (Evensong) 31. The Dunes: A Stormy Evening 32. An Old Farmer 33. La Panne: Interior of a Flemish Inn 34. La Panne: A Flemish Inn Playing Skittles 35. Coxyde: A Shrimper on Horseback 36. Coxyde: A Shrimper 37. Adinkerque: Village and Canal

THE MARKET PLACE AND BELFRY EARLY HISTORY OF BRUGES

BRUGES AND WEST FLANDERS

CHAPTER I

THE MARKET PLACE AND BELFRY EARLY HISTORY OF BRUGES

Every visitor to 'the quaint old Flemish city' goes first to the Market Place. On Saturday mornings the wide space beneath the mighty Belfry is full of stalls, with white canvas awnings, and heaped up with a curious assortment of goods. Clothing of every description, sabots and leathern shoes and boots, huge earthenware jars, pots and pans, kettles, cups and saucers, baskets, tawdry coloured prints chiefly of a religious character lamps and candlesticks, the cheaper kinds of Flemish pottery, knives and forks, carpenters' tools, and such small articles as reels of thread, hatpins, tape, and even bottles of coarse scent, are piled on the stalls or spread out on the rough stones wherever there is a vacant space... Continue reading book >>




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