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Hendrik Conscience

Hendrik Conscience (1812-1883) was a pioneer of Dutch-language literature in Flanders, writing at a time when Belgium was dominated by the French language among the upper classes, also in literature. He is best known for his romantic nationalist novel, ‘The Lion of Flanders’ (De Leeuw van Vlaenderen, 1838), inspired by the victory of a Flemish peasant militia over French knights at the 1302 Battle of the Golden Spurs. Over the course of his career, he published over 100 novels and novellas.

Photo Collection Letterenhuis, Antwerp