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Jacob Van Artevelde is pointing towards England. His opportunistic support of the English king meant that in the 14th century Ghent, and by extension the whole of Flanders, was able to remain largely neutral and continue to thrive during the Hundred Years War. Thanks to the ‘Wise Man of Ghent’, the cloth industry flourished as never before. 660 years after he was murdered by rivals, Ghent is still called the city of Artevelde.

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