The Legend of the Glorious Adventures of Tyl Ulenspiegel in the Land of Flanders and Elsewhere (Cyclopedia of Literary Characters, Revised Third Edition)
Tyl Ulenspiegel, a young Fleming who seeks revenge upon the Spanish for the mistreatment of his parents. He wanders far, fighting the Spanish and looking for the Seven, who will save his land. He finds the Seven in a vision. Tyl appears dead and is buried, but he later rises from his grave to be the spirit of the new Flanders freed from the grip of the Spanish.
Katheline, a midwife who brings Tyl Ulenspiegel into the world. She is the first to see him, in a vision, as the spirit of his native Flanders. Tortured as a witch, she goes mad. A later witch’s trial by water causes her death.
Nele, Katheline’s illegitimate daughter. She is Ulenspiegel’s childhood playmate and, later, his wife. She goes in search of her wandering lover, saves him from the gallows, and marries him. She becomes the spirit of the heart of Flanders after it is freed from Spanish domination.
Claes, Tyl Ulenspiegel’s father. He is tortured and put to death by the Inquisition.
Soetkin, Tyl Ulenspiegel’s mother. She dies of grief over her husband’s death and the tortures inflicted upon her by the Inquisition.
Hans Dudzeele, Katheline’s lover. He steals Claes’ money from Soetkin and kills his accomplice. Denounced as...
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