Boniface, Saint b. 1183 d. 1260 Bishop of Lausanne. The coffin is small because it only contains some assorted vertebrae, pelvic bones, etc. The rest of St. Boniface is divided up amongst some other churches in Brussels, notably Notre Dame de la Cambre. Apparently he was originally buried in ND de la Cambre entirely, but during the religious wars of the 17th century he was dug up and his bones were split up. Church of Notre Dame de la Chapelle, Brussels, Brussels-Capital Region, Belgium
Boulanger, Georges b. 1837 d. 1891 Soldier (General). His mistress Marguerite de Bonnemain (1856 - 1891) died at 35. The words "A bient™t" (see you soon) were written under her name on the grave. Boulanger planned a military revolution in France, but the boulangiste revolt failed miserably. He fled to Brussels and shot himself on his mistress's grave, thus becoming one of the few people to have died on his own tomb in a public cemetery. Only their first names are written on the grave. The sentence "Ai-je pu vivre deux mois et...[Read More] Cause of death: Suicide Ixelles Cemetery, Ixelles, Brussels-Capital Region, Belgium
Bourgogne, Charles de b. November 10, 1433 d. January 5, 1477 French Aristocracy. Charles the Bold. Born Charles de Bourgogne at Dijon, the son of Philippe III ‘the Good' de Bourgogne, Duc de Bourgogne and Isabel de Aviz. He was styled Count of Charolais while still an infant. During his youth, the Dauphin, later Louis XI, was a refugee at his father's court Burgundy, this early exposure to a less ambitious ruler seemed to form a character that was reluctant to consider himself a subject of the king of France. He often followed an independent diplomatic...[Read More] (Bio by: Iola) Cause of death: Killed in battle Church of Our Lady, Bruges, West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen), Belgium
Bradford, George Nicholson b. April 23, 1887 d. April 23, 1918 WWI recipient of the Victoria Cross, the United Kingdom's highest award for valor. He was a Lieutenant-Commander in the Royal Navy, H.M.S. Iris II. He was one of four brothers who served, three of whom fell, another also won the VC-the only set of brothers to be awarded this honour in the Great War. Citation: An extract from "The London Gazette," No. 31236, dated 14th March, 1919, records the following:-"For most conspicuous gallantry at Zeebrugge on the night of the 22nd-23rd April...[Read More] Blankenberge Communal Cemetery, Blankenberge, West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen), Belgium Plot: A.5.
Brassart, Johannes b. 1400 d. October, 1455 Composer. An influential member of the Burgundian School of Renaissance music. Born in Lowaige, Flanders (now Belgium), he was ordained a priest in Liege in 1422. In 1431 he was employed as a Papal Singer in Rome, where he met composer Guillaume Dufay; his best known compositions, the motets "O flors fragrans" and "Te dignitas presularis", were probably written during this period. From 1434 to 1443 he served Holy Roman Emperor Sigismund and later Empress Elisabeth as Rector of the Royal...[Read More] (Bio by: Robert Edwards) Cathedral of Saint-Paul, Liege, Liege, Belgium
Bull, John b. 1562 d. March 13, 1628 Composer. A virtuoso keyboard player, he was also the probable composer of the tune that became England's National Anthem, "God Save The King/Queen". In 1613 he fled to Belgium to escape charges of lewd conduct, the Archbishop of Canterbury having complained, "Bull is as famous for marring of virginity as he is for fingering of organs and virginals". He settled in Antwerp and was organist of the cathedral there when he died. Needless to say he was not the prototype of the famous fictional...[Read More] (Bio by: Robert Edwards) Antwerpen Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal, Antwerp, Antwerp (Antwerpen), Belgium Plot: (Former Churchyard to the South of the building).
Busnois, Antoine b. 1430 d. November 6, 1492 Composer. Last name also spelled Busnoys. His reputation rests on his dazzling part-songs for two or three voices. Busnois was the likely author of "L'homme arme" (c. 1450), one of the most famous songs of the entire Renaissance; its melody was used in over 40 Mass settings and countless vocal and instrumental arrangements. Another of his "hits", "Fortuna desperata", exerted a similar influence. Historians believe Busnois was born near Bethune, France. He may have come from an...[Read More] (Bio by: Robert Edwards) Saint Salvator's Cathedral, Bruges, West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen), Belgium
Canning, Charles Fox b. 1782 d. 1815 Lt.-Colonel of the 3rd Regiment of Foot Guards. Killed in action at Waterloo . An excellentÊinscription - 'Near his big chief, on many a trying day / He braved each peril of the deadly fray / and when on Waterloo's ensanguined plain / He fell in glory midst the glorious slain / Unmov'd by aught to selfish minds allied / "Thank Heaven! My Leader lives" he said and died'. Memorial Church, Waterloo, Walloon Brabant, Belgium