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Nobility and its impact on the land reforms in Gheel Special thanks to Mr. Willockx, a specialist in history and nobility
Contents Saint Dymphna The Merodes of Westerlo The Belgian independence The impact of nobility on the cultivation of farmground in Gheel
Saint Dymphna Her story Mental care in Gheel
The legend of Saint Dymphna 7th century Forced to marry her father, the king Fled to Gheel Beheaded Became the patron saint of the mentally ill
Mental care in Gheel Host families Importance City of the kind-hearted
The Merode family The castle Jan de Merode III Jean-Philippe-Eugène de Merode
The castle First castle 13th century Second castle 20th century
Jan de Merode III 16th century Established the first mental home Tombstone
Jean-Philippe-Eugène de Merode 18th century Military career agriculture
The Belgian independence 1830 United Kingdom of the Netherlands 4 Merode brothers: Frederik Felix Werner Henri
Frederik de Merode Active participation in riots Lost his leg “I fought for the freedom of my country, but I have no further ambitions”
Felix de Merode interim government National congress Member of the delegation that searched for the king
Werner de Merode Member of national congress Member of parliament Related to the principality of Monaco
Henri de Merode Highly-honored guest Writer Senator
The impact of nobility on the cultivation of farmground in Gheel Baron Karel Coppens King Leopold I
Baron Karel Coppens Member of national congress Special interest in agriculture Learned about Gheel through his friendship with the Merodes Started the cultivation of Ten Aard
King Leopold I The first king of belgium Interested in the Kempen Bought the royal pavillion Built farms on his royal domain
The Royal Pavillion
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