Flemish leader who played a leading role in the preliminary phase of the Hundred Years’ War (1337–1453). (Flanders is the northern part of Belgium and thus was at the center of the conflicts between England and France.)
I thought two things were interesting about van Artevelde. First, “Van Artevelde had already reached middle age when he began to take part in public affairs,” showing that it is never too late to begin a new career. (as the lives of Colonel Harland Sanders and Grandma Moses also illustrate).
Second, the EB claims that “[h]is violent disposition, which led to him kill an opponent in a quarrel, was a quality he shared with many of his contemporaries.” I have to wonder if the number of violent dispositions tends to ebb and flow with the tide of history.