Geraardsbergen Manuscript, text 4 (fols. 103r-103v)
The Geraardsbergen Manuscript opens with a series of riddles. To solve these riddles you need some knowledge about life in the Middle Ages. In this particular riddle it may help if you have read the Bible:
‘My father got me before he was ever born, and so did my mother, believe me: she carried me before she was born. Moreover, I am the man who took my grandmother’s virginity. And also I am the one – how did I manage to do that?! – who killed one quarter of the earth’s population. So, I ask you who reads this text: do you know my name?’
In Middle Dutch it sounds like this! (read by Daniël Ermens, MA)“Mijn vader wan mi hier te voren Eer hi ghewonnen was of gheboren So dede mijn moeder sijt seker das Drouch mi eer soe ghedreghen was Ic ben oec de selve man Die mier ouder moeder maeghdom nam Oec ben ic die niet en verdrouch Die tvierendeel vander werelt verslouch Nu vraghic elken die dit aensiet Of hi minen name mach weten yet”
Go to: the complete table of contents.