"Damme - Jacob Van Maerlant statue" Belgium Things to Do Tip by speed4turtles

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Damme and its communities lie in a beautiful green surrounding. Here, the polder landscape has nicely preserved its original character. Every community has its own identity and its own landscapes and buildings that are worth seeing. Damme has everything close by to enchant everone...
Jacob van Maerlant, father of all "Dietsche" writers, was born around 1235 in the area around Bruges (Brugse Vrije).

On his walk of life, little is known with certainty. He appeared to have settled first on Oost-Voorne (an island in Zeeland), where he worked as sacristan and, on instruction of nobles of Holland, wrote a large part of his oeuvre. Fact is that Jacob van Maerlant came to Damme and became clerck to the magistrates. In Damme, he continued writing and he wrote several masterpieces here. He also died in Damme (round 1293) and was burried here. Shortly after his death, his books were already translated into French and Latin, which shows the importance of his work. In the 18th century, a lot of his books, were published again in printing.


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  • Updated Sep 11, 2003
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