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municipality, East Flanders province, west-central Belgium. It lies along the Scheldt (Schelde) River south of Ghent. A prosperous tapestry-making centre in the Middle Ages, its industry declined in the 15th century with the success of the Gobelin tapestry weavers (trained in Oudenaarde), many of whom later went to Paris. It was at Oudenaarde in 1708, during the War of the Spanish Succession, that the French Army was vanquished by Eugene of Savoy and the duke of Marlborough