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Philip van Artevelde

Artevelde, Philip van, 1340–82, Flemish popular leader, captain general of Ghent; son of Jacob van Artevelde. In the struggle between the so-called Goods (the propertied classes supported by the count of Flanders) and the Bads (the workers, led by the weavers), he put himself (1381) at the head of the rebellious weavers. He captured (1382) Bruges and most of Flanders but was defeated and killed at Rozebeke by the French under Olivier de Clisson.

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