Where does the name ‘Breydel’ come from? In 1302, Flanders was occupied by the French. King Philip IV, nick-named the Beautiful, needed money to pay for his army, so the French introduced a tax on salt (a vital food preservative at the time). Bruges was a leading trading city at the time, and revolted against the French occupier and the new tax. This revolt was led by Jan Breydel, the leader of the Bruges butchers’ guild, and Pieter De Coninck, the leader of the weavers’ guild. Both gentlemen can still be admired at the market in Bruges, where they were honoured with a statue. The revolt they led went down into history as the ‘Bruges Sausage War’ and was the direct precursor of the ‘Golden Spurs Battle’ of 11 July 1302. Contrary to what many think, Breydel has nothing to do with Breughel and his vernacular paintings.