Gerard Bouwmeester (University of Utrecht), Universiteit Utrecht, Faculteit Geesteswetenschappen, Trans 10, NL-3512 JK Utrecht, G.Bouwmeester@uu.nl
Augustijnken is one of the most widely known medieval Dutch itinerant storytellers. Seven texts are commonly ascribed to him; all short and rhyming, but very diverse regarding their contents – from pun to gospel interpretation. Since the 1850s, Augustijnken has been mostly situated at the Court of Jean of Blois (Schoonhoven, Holland), but from the 1990s onwards, scholars have also argued and assumed that he worked in the Flemish city of Ghent. This article shows that the latter hypothesis is probably not true, mainly because the archival references to both Augustijnkens overlap. In addition, this contribution argues that it is impossible to derive an actual intended audience from Augustijnken’s oeuvre, as the texts lack factual evidence. Earlier claims regarding Augustijnken’s audience are based on references, which are rather vague and textually instable. In discussing these earlier suggestions, this article also rejects the idea that Augustijnken should be referred to as ‘van Dordt’, as there are no actual clues that he originated from that city.
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