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Guelders-France. Another Connection Around 1400

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Around 1396, Johan Maelwael, and his nephews some years later successively, went to France, the mightiest kingdom of the West, to seek their fortune. However, there were more connections between Guelders and France at the time. A further connection is the fact that Jean de Berry bought from a certain Jean de Nymègue a ring with an emerald fly in 1403 and between 1403 and 1408 he bought again from this same Jean de Nymègue a costly chessboard. After the death of the duke of Guelders in 1402, the herald Gelre entered the service of William of Oostervant, who succeeded his father two years later as count William VI of Holland, Seeland and Hainaut. The miniature of The Confessors appears to have been part of a series of miniatures illustrating the short prayers to the Saints.

Keywords: duke of Guelders; France; Jean de Berry; The Confessors



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