Oudenaarde 1708 - 2008
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In 1701 the Spanish king died without an heir to the throne and his realm fell into the hands of Philip of Anjou, grandson of the French king Louis XIV. This caused a big political crisis throughout Europe. The other powers, such as England, feared the rise of a French – Spanish European superpower and waged war against France.

Oudenaarde 1708-2008
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This conflict is known as the War of the Spanish Succession, which lasted from 1701 till 1714. Many battles were fought, among them the Battle of Oudenaarde in 1708. Almost 180,000 soldiers confronted one another in the vicinity of Mullem, Huise and Eine: about 80,000 Englishmen with their allies under the command of the Duke of Marlborough and approximately 95,000 Frenchmen under the Duke of Burgundy. About 6,000 were killed and 7,000 were wounded.

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