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The battle of Courtrai.

The battle of Courtrai.

On July 11, 1302, the townsmen of Courtrai and other Flemish rebels defeated a French army outside the walls of their city, in what is considered one of the most important battles in the Middle Ages.  The victory of infantryman over a mounted forces of knights was a shock to the current military thought of that period.  The following account of the battle comes from the Annales Ghandenses, which was written by a Friar Minor from Ghent.  His chronicle, which he began in 1308, gives an account of events in Flanders between 1297 and 1310.