Reinardus: Yearbook of the International Reynard Society, Volume 10
  • ISSN 0925-4757
  • E-ISSN: 1569-9951
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AbstractThis article analyses a fragment from Reynaerts historie (vv. 4132-65) in which Reynaert the fox presents himself as a mystic. The contents of this passage can be linked with texts and ideas of a heretical movement, called "Brethren and Sistern of the Free Spirit". It is argued that this is one of the moments in the story in which Reynaert falsely presents a positive image of his motives. He lies here (again) by telling the truth, albeit not the whole truth. A short discussion of the way this passage was reworked in the later, European tradition of Reynaerts historie concludes the article.


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