During his early negotiations with van Artevelde, and his son Lionel, earl of Cambridge, was born there in 1338.
Van Artevelde, its chief advocate, was murdered by his own townsmen in this same year.
Led by the great demagogue dictator, Jacob van Artevelde, they became the mainstay of the English party in the Netherlands.
In it stands a bronze statue of Jacob van Artevelde, by DevigneQuyo, erected in 1863.
Workless, and in desperation, they threw themselves on Edwards mercy,, by the advice of a rich citizen of Ghent, Jacob van Artevelde; and their last scruples of loyalty gave way when Edward decided to follow the counsels of Robert of Artois and of Artevelde, and to claim the crown of France.