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the battle a city a king a general
the cause introduction the Sun King the Duke of Marlborough
11 July 1708 the scale-model Vauban the French
the landscape of the battle beautiful people in the 18th century the allies

the city of oudenaarde: an introduction



Oudenaarde in 1708: a fortified, walled town surrounded by fields and small villages.  Oudenaarde: a town centre crowning its countryside and a witness of their joint histories linked with textiles and tapestries.  Oudenaarde can be considered to be a gift of the river Scheldt.  The town and the land prospered because of the intense trade on the river.  The tapestries were produced outside Oudenaarde, but the important traders, crafts, guilds, businesses and the many monks and nuns settled in town.