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Title: 'Rhetorijkelick ghestelt'
Subtitle: Beschrijvingen in verzen van blijde intredes en andere stedelijke feesten ter ere van de vorst
Author(s): MAREEL, Samuel
Journal: Spiegel der Letteren
Volume: 49 Issue: 2 Date: 2007
The present article aims at elucidating the earliest development of separately published descriptions of urban princely festivities in Dutch. The focus lies on two short poems about joyous entries held by Philip the Fair in Ghent and in Bruges in 1497. These are the oldest known examples of this genre, but we know practically nothing about the context in which they originated. By contrasting them with comparable texts, I show that the poetical form, the ballade, in which these poems are composed, is a typical feature of early Dutch descriptions of princely festivities because they owe their authorship to urban rhetoricians. I then explore why this kind of text first emerged in the Low Countries during the last years of the fifteenth century. Finally I examine to what extent the relatively well-documented background and function of early sixteenth-century accounts that use the balladeform are relevant for the entry poems of 1497.