The earliest Dutch edition of Till Eulenspiegel A problem of dating The end of the fifteenth century, and the beginning of the sixteenth, was a fruitful time for satire. This genre drove the epic and the didactic modes from the positions of honour they had held in the Middle Ages. During the Renaissance satire attracted writers both famous and less famous, including Erasmus, Sebastian Brant, Thomas Murner, Luigi Alemanni, and Francesco Berni. The genre also found its practioners at the popular level. The Till Eulen- spiegel theme is undoubtedly one of the best-known examples of this.' The book of folk-tales dealing with Eulenspiegel came into being - the evi- dence is now conclusive enoughL - in Saxony towards the end of the fifteenth century. There is no editio princeps, nor are there any early manuscripts. The earliest typographic tradition is mainly centred on two of the foremost six- teenth-century publishing ccntres, Strasbourg and Antwerp. The Strasbourg editions were issued by the well-known printing-firm of Grucninger. They are all dated - I S I S, 1519, 1531 and 1339 - and they all provide a German, though not always quite identical, version. Roughly at the same time, Dutch and
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Published: Jan 1, 1973
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