Walewein en Ysabele in Endi | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 15, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 1384-5829
  • E-ISSN: 2352-118X


The Middle Dutch Roman van Walewein is ‘an acknowledged Arthurian masterpiece with few equals in any language’ (Norris Lacy). Striking to the work is that two authors wrote a large romance, in which the nephew of King Arthur is the only protagonist. This choice is something new in comparison with the works of the creator of the genre, Chrétien de Troyes. In his great adventure, that takes place in the Otherworld of Endi, the hero acts in transgression with the rules of the Arthurian romance. The same applies to Ysabele, the princess of Endi, whom Walewein falls in love with. The action of Walewein and Ysabele in Endi shows further a similarity with that of Guillaume and Orable in . The authors of borrowed from this heroic poem, by which it resounds as a ‘conte en palimpseste’. The deconstruction, which is brought about by this palimpsest, has a poetical meaning. Penninc and Vostaert, the poets of , put at issue the problem of writing a romance about Arthur’s nephew. Such a project can only succeed, when the creator takes all freedom with regard to the rules of the genre.


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