Floris V, the son of Count Willem II, faced much trouble on the part of the West Frisians as well. Just like his father Willem, Floris was well-liked in these parts. It was not only that they really got down to defending against the marauding West-Frisians. Willem II started constructing defensive strongholds around the town and Floris reinforced them and added a number of new ones. But they also made a serious start with their defence against water. Dykes were constructed, sluices were built. This benefited the farmers who could now reap better harvests. Alkmaar could make a name for itself as a market-town for the farming trade. And did well out of it. If only we could keep those West Frisians under control. But when in 1296 Floris was killed in a cowardly fashion near Muiden by rival nobles, on account of an international dispute with England and France, the marauders saw and took their chance again. On 27th March 1297 they march on Alkmaar and put up camp near the Vronermeer. Jan van Renesse is in command of the Count’s army and the Alkmaar forces. In the battle near the village of Vrone many West Frisians are killed or maimed for life. Near St Pancras skeletons have been found bearing traces of violence done to them. This bloody battle finally breaks the backbone of West Frisian resistance once and for all. The military strongholds, manned by the Count’s soldiers are to keep the West-Frisians under control from now on. The Grote Kerk still has the tombstone (dating from shortly after Floris V’s life, placed on a later tomb from the 16th century), under which the urns with Floris V’s entrails were long kept buried. In tribute to a most beloved king. Floris V’s greyhounds would not even budge from his grave, legend has it.