American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Artevelde, Jacob van Called "the Brewer of Ghent.” 1290?-1345. Flemish political leader who maintained the neutrality of Flanders during hostilities between England and France and encouraged Edward III to claim the French throne.
“Unless you are a stubborn Dutchman -- and Jan Van Artevelde was the stubbornest Dutchman on Venus.”
“That was the war of Ambiorix, of Artevelde, of Marnix, of Pelagius.”
“Here are sober truth, and sound philosophy, and sincere feeling together, in the words of Philip van Artevelde: --”
“But though Artevelde speaks truly and well, you remember how Mr. Taylor, in that noble play, works out to our view the sad sight of the deterioration of character, the growing coarseness and harshness, the lessening tenderness and kindliness, which are apt to come with advancing years.”
“Flanders, -- Artevelde and Charles Téméraire -- whose soul was a forest of huge trees and dark thickets,”
“Do not think, however, that in making this observation I intend to impeach the character of Philip van Artevelde himself.”
“Artevelde I admire without stint, and without exception.”
“Artevelde, too, reflects, examines himself, pauses, considers, and his will is the servant of his thought; but reflection with him comes in aid of resolution, matures it, establishes it.”
“With Sir Henry Taylor, whose “Philip van Artevelde” she admired, the intercourse was, from her youth to old age, intimate and affectionate.”
“It was a brief and ill-starred alliance, ruinous to Flemish trade and abruptly ended by the fall of Artevelde, whom his fellow-citizens tore limb from limb under the impression that he was aiming at a tyranny (1345).”
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