In 1477, the first novel in Dutch appeared: the history of Alexander the Great in prose. Folk tales continued to be multiplied in rhyme, which made it easier to remember the tale. The same is true for the history of Seghelijn of Jerusalem, the son of an Islamic prince who rose to become emperor and pope through all kinds of adventures. Tales in rhyme were read aloud or recited and reached a large audience this way.
Loy Latewaert, Historie van Seghelijn van Iherusalem. Antwerpen, Henrick Eckert van Homberch, 1511. Den Haag, Koninklijke Bibliotheek: KW 227 A 4. NK 1322.
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