This piece, which is a large wooden chest guarded by New College, Oxford in England, it is almost a miracle that there is reached our days, since the works of furniture in wood hardly resist the passing of the centuries. And in this case it is confirmed by the dendrochronology tests that it is a carving that was made in the early years of the 14th century.
It is unknown where it was made, but instead it has been identified that it represents the relief that covers its entire front part. And it is a representation of the clashes that took place between the Flemish and the French during the year 1302. So it is unknown how this chest later got to British territory.
The fact is that at the beginning of the 14th century the militias of Flanders decided to attack the troops of the French monarchy based in the city of Bruges. And here we are told the entire development of that confrontation, from the first massacre of the French garrison to the battle of the Golden Spurs that ended that confrontation.
It is more than possible that the entire piece of furniture will be carved that same year as a commemoration of that victory. And there is even speculation that it was a work of the city's cabinetmakers' guild. But it is not clear, since nothing was known about this piece until in 1905 it appeared in an English farm.
The truth is that given the degreeThe detail of the work must be something very immediate to those events that took place between May and July 1302. For example, it was possible to see in detail how the delegates of the count of Flanders, Guillermo de Julich and Guido de Namur, to take over the keys to the city, after defeating the Gauls. And they are perfectly recognizable knights such as the lion of Flanders that shines on their shields.
But you can also see other notes almost typical of someone who has experienced the events in the first person. A good example is that it is seen how the rebels who attacked the French garrison and their followers in the city did so as a real massacre, hence in some cases it is distinguished how they slaughter enemies even if they are bedridden. Brutal facts but according to them they have the divine blessing, since a scene precisely shows us how a friar blesses the militia troops armed with all kinds of weapons, some as wild as the well-known morning star. A very ironic name for a spiked mace.