Charles Théodore Henri De Coster

Charles Théodore Henri De Coster

De Coster, Charles Théodore Henri, 1827-79, Belgian author, b. Munich. His collected legends from Flemish folklore (1857), written in old French style, gained him note as a medievalist. His Contes brabançons (1861) was followed by his widely known La Légende d' Ulenspiegel (1868, tr. 1918, 1922). This remarkable tale, written in archaic style and recounting the fabulous exploits of Till Eulenspiegel, has been compared with the Gargantua of Rabelais. However, the book derives more directly from the medieval satiric allegory on Reynard the Fox, apparently originally fashioned in Flanders.
Gaspard-Théodore-Ignace de la Fontaine (6 January 1787 - 11 February 1871) was a Luxembourgian politician and jurist. He was the first Prime Minister of Luxembourg, serving for four months, from 1 August 1848 until 6 December of the same year.

His third son, Edmond, better known by his pen name 'Dicks', became Luxembourg's national poet, and one of the fathers of Luxembourgian literature.

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