Jacob van Maerlant's Graal/Merlijn, an adaptation of the prose-versions of Robert de Boron's Joseph d'Arimathie and Merlin, is one of the works the Flemish author composed at Voorne around 1260. Like the other Voorne texts, the work may have had a didactic purpose; Maerlant even addresses his intended audience as 'children'. The Graal/Merlijn stresses the need for timely confession, the abundance of forgiveness that God offers the repentant sinner through Mary (shown especially in the so-called 'Maskeroen-episode' that Maerlant incorporated into the Merlijn), and the good influence that priests and clerics have on others. Furthermore, it provides examples of how (young) noblemen and kings should behave, how they should make the best use of advice, and which counselors they shoud trust.
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