Flemish Legends

Flemish Legends

By Charles de Coster
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Table of Contents
  • Contents
  • Illustrations
  • Translator’s Note
  • The Brotherhood of the Cheerful Countenance
    • I. Of the sorrowful voice which Pieter Gans heard in his garden, and of the flame running over the grass.
    • II. How Jan Blaeskaek gave good counsel to Pieter Gans, and wherein covetousness is sadly punished.
    • III. Of the songs, voices, mewlings, and sounds of kisses which Pieter Gans and Blaeskaek heard in the garden, and of the brave mien wherewith Master Merry-face sat on the cask of stone.
    • IV. Wherein the two worthy men set out for Brussels, capital city of Brabant, and of the manners and condition of Josse Cartuyvels the Apothecary.
    • V. Of the long conversation and great perplexity of Pieter Gans and Blaeskaek in the matter of the deviling; and how they returned to Uccle with a resolution taken.
    • VI. Wherein it is seen that the devil is not a good one; and of the evil trick which he played on the good wives of the drinkers.
    • VII. Of the Great Parliament of the Women of Uccle.
    • VIII. Of the great wit which every woman has, and of the modest conversation which the maid Wantje held with the worthies at the inn.
    • IX. Wherein it is seen that the learned Thomas a Klapperibus knew what makes a drinker fidget on his stool.
    • X. Of the brigand called Irontooth.
    • XI. In which it is seen how bravely the good wives of Uccle did the duty of men.
    • XII. Wherein Pieter Gans is nearer the stake than the wine-barrel.
    • XIII. Of the great wonder and astonishment of My Lord the Duke when he heard of the valour of the women of Uccle.
    • XIV. In what manner was instituted the Order of the Women-Archers of Uccle and of the fine reward which My Lord gave to the brave maid Wantje.
  • The Three Sisters
    • I. Of the three noble ladies and their great beauty.
    • II. How a prince of Araby was taken with love for the youngest sister, and what came of it.
    • III. Wherein it is seen how Satan persecutes those ladies who seek to escape from the world.
    • IV. Of the voice of the divine bridegroom, and of the horseman in silvern armour.
    • V. How, by the command of God, the three ladies rode to adventure.
    • VI. Of the diamond hammers, and foundations torn up from the ground.
    • VII. Of the youngest sister and the beautiful angel.
    • VIII. How the three ladies saw a green island, with sweet flowers and birds thereon.
    • IX. Of the church of Our Lord at Haeckendover, and of the strange mason who worked there.
    • X. Of the two bishops, and the withered hands.
  • Sir Halewyn
    • I. Of the two castles.
    • II. Of Dirk, called the Crow.
    • III. Of Sir Halewyn and how he carried himself in his youth.
    • IV. How Sir Halewyn wished to take himself a wife, and what the ladies and gentlewomen said to it.
    • V. How it came about that Sir Halewyn, after a certain tournament, called upon the devil for aid.
    • VI. Of the rovings and wanderings of Sir Halewyn.
    • VII. Of the Prince of the Stones and of the song.
    • VIII. What Halewyn did to the little girl cutting faggots.
    • IX. Of the heart of a maid and of the great strength which came to Sir Halewyn.
    • X. How the Miserable robbed a Lombard goldsmith, and of the pleasant speech of the ladies and gentlewomen.
    • XI. Of the arrogant arms of Sir Halewyn.
    • XII. How Sir Halewyn jousted with a knight of England.
    • XIII. Of the heart dried up and of the dame Halewyn.
    • XIV. Of the great weakness of Sir Halewyn and of the days and nights which he spent in the forest.
    • XV. How the Miserable, having hanged fifteen virgins in the Gallows-field, held wicked revels and cruel orgies.
    • XVI. How the burgesses of the good town of Ghent gave protection to the virgins of the domain of Halewyn.
    • XVII. Of what Sir Halewyn did on the borders of his domain.
    • XVIII. Of the damosels Magtelt and Anne-Mie, and of Schimmel the dapple-gray.
    • XIX. How Magtelt sang to Sir Roel the lied of the Lion, and the song of the Four Witches.
    • XX. Of the sixteenth virgin hanged.
    • XXI. How Magtelt sought Anne-Mie.
    • XXII. How Magtelt wept bitterly, and of the fine dress which she had.
    • XXIII. Of Toon the Silent.
    • XXIV. How the damosel Magtelt made a good resolution.
    • XXV. Of the sword of the Lion.
    • XXVI. Of the noble apparel of the maid Magtelt.
    • XXVII. How Sir Roel and the lady Gonde questioned Toon the Silent, and of what he answered.
    • XXVIII. The riding of the maid Magtelt.
    • XXIX. Of the crow and the sparrow, of the hound, the horse and the seven echoes.
    • XXX. How Magtelt came to the Gallows-field.
    • XXXI. Of the sixteen deaths and of the Prince of the Stones.
    • XXXII. How father, mother, and sister sought everywhere their son and brother, and could not find him.
    • XXXIII. Of the feast in the castle of Heurne, and of the head upon the table.
  • Smetse Smee
    • I. Of Smetse, his belly, and his forge.
    • II. How Slimbroek the Red put out the fire in Smetse’s forge.
    • III. Wherein Slimbroek is seen in the river prettily tricked out.
    • IV. Of the two branches.
    • V. Of the flaming ball, of the forge relit, and of the terrible great buffet which the man with the lantern gave to Smetse’s wife.
    • VI. Wherein the wife of Smetse shows the great length of her tongue.
    • VII. Of Smetse the Rich.
    • VIII. How there came a ragged, wayfarer to Smetse’s door, and with him, on an ass, a sweet wife and a little child.
    • IX. What Smetse did in order to keep his secret.
    • X. Of the Bloody Councillor.
    • XI. Wherein the workmen hold fair speech with Smetse.
    • XII. How that Smetse would not give his secret into his wife’s tongue’s keeping.
    • XIII. Of the Bloody Duke.
    • XIV. Of the great fears and pains of Smetse’s wife.
    • XV. Of the Bloody King.
    • XVI. Wherein Smetse beholds on the River Lys a most marvellous sight.
    • XVII. Of Hell, of Purgatory, of the long ladder, and finally of Paradise.
    • XVIII. Wherein it is seen why Smetse was whipped.
    • XIX. Of the fair judgment of My Lord Jesus.
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