"Schoonselhof Cemetary: Hendrik Conscience" Hoboken Things to Do Tip by irisbe
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Conscience was born in Antwerp on 3rd December 1812. His mother was from German origin; his father was French who came to work as carpenter in the ships wharf during the French occupation by Napoleon.
He was a child with a weak health and missed school very often. Nevertheless he was kind of an autodidact and did a lot of self-study. This way he worked up his way to assistant-teacher.
In 1830, at Belgium’s independence, he signed up for the Belgian army but his weak physical condition got him degraded and he quit. In 1836 he started to write, first in French, later in Dutch.
In his works you can witness how he leaned towards Flamingantism: the urge of the Flemish to gain their rightful place in economics, politics, culture and social life. The Francophones had too long suppressed this majority of Flemish Belgian citizens and especially in Flanders, that used to be a 100% Flemish population but with hardly any rights to express their own culture.
The Opera was French, legislation was, higher education was, there was no space for the Flemish and as a reaction on this suppression started to grow this Flamingantism.
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