Artevelde negotiated with the English king Edward III a neutral position for Ghent in the French-English war. Due to this agreement, the Ghents wool-import was insured, and as such also the core of the linnen-activity in Ghent.
From pure gratitude, the people from Ghent crowned the English king on the Friday market as king of France.
Edward the 3rd treated Artevelde as a prince of Flanders', which didn't please everybody. Behind the back of the rulers of Ghent, Artevelde promissed the English king financial support to fund his war against France. This killed his position and in 1343 Artevelde had to flee to England. His return in 1345 provoked a revolt of the weavers and Artevelde ot killed near his house on the Kalandeberg.