Louis of Gruuthuse – top diplomat in Burgundian Bruges

The Rise and Fall of a knight of the Golden Fleece

  • Authentical personality in the 15th Century
  • Gruuthusemuseum can be visited afterwards
  • The Golden age of Bruges
Duration2 Hours

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Heavy thunder, fierce lightning and pouring rain rage during Louis van Gruuthuse’s funeral. It is as if the angels mourn the man whose path of life stood in the sign of his motto: Plus est en vous! He lives as a nobleman. He frequents the earth’s most powerful. Four generations of dukes of Burgundy listen to his advice as a knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece. He builds a luxurious city palace and fills it with books. He excels in tournaments and on the battlefield. But he dies as a beggar since he turns against his sovereign at the end of his life. His magnificent city palace is turned into a Mount of Mercy and ends as a museum. What better place to tell the story of Bruges’ history?

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