"A Famous and Most Miraculous Prophecy": An Annotated Translation of a Middle Dutch Trickster Poem
journal contributionposted on 22.05.2012, 13:00 by Bas Jongenelen, Ben Parsons
Een schoone ende wonderlijcke prognosticatie (1560) is one of many Dutch texts dealing with the trickster Till Eulenspiegel, known as "Tijl Uilenspiegel" in the Low Countries and "Owlglass" in England. The poem differs from most Eulenspiegel literature in two key respects. First, it treats the figure as a narrator rather than a character, and second, it seems designed for performance rather than simple recital. We offer here an English translation of this remarkable piece, lightly annotated throughout.