1397), a prominent member of the Beghard community, who travelled widely as a missionary and propagated the teachings of his sect.
The origin of the names Beguine and Beghard has been the subject of much controversy.
The earliest Flemish Beghard communities were associations mainly of artisans who earned ' In the year 1287 the council of Liege decreed that "all Beguinae desiring to enjoy the Beguine privileges shall enter a Beguinage, and we order that all who remain outside the Beguinage shall wear a dress to distinguish them from the Beguinae."
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