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Artevelde, Jacob van

Flemish leader who played a leading role in the preliminary phase of the Hundred Years' War (1337-1453). Governing Ghent with other "captains" from 1338, he aligned the Flemings with King Edward III of England and against both France and the Count of Flanders. He maintained his position as chief captain until he was murdered in a riot seven years later.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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