Adenes Le Roi

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Adenes le Roi (born in Brabant c. 1240, died c. 1300),[a] was French minstrel or trouvère. He was a favourite of Henry III, duke of Brabant, and he remained at court for some time after the death of his patron in 1261.


Le Roi was born in Brabant around 1240 and owed his education to the kindness of Henry III, duke of Brabant.[1]

In 1269 he entered the service of Guy de Dampierre, afterwards count of Flanders, probably as roi des ménestrels, and followed him in the next year on the abortive crusade in Tunis in which Louis IX lost his life. The expedition returned by way of Sicily and Italy, and Adenes has left in his poems some very exact descriptions of the places through which he passed. The purity of his French and the absence of provincialisms point to a long residence in France, and it has been suggested that Adenes may have followed Mary of Brabant there on her marriage with Philip III of France. He seems, however, to have remained in the service of Count Guy, although he made frequent visits to Paris to consult the annals preserved in the Abbey of St. Denis.[2] Adenes probably died before the end of the 13th century.[2]


There are four poems written by Adenes.[2]

  1. Enfances Ogier narrates the exploits of Ogier the Dane fighting the Saracens in Italy, and was an enfeebled version of the Chevalerie Ogier de Danemarche written earlier by Raimbert de Paris.[3]
  2. Berte aus grans piés told the history of Bertha of the Big Foot the mother of Charlemagne, founded on well-known traditions which are also preserved in the anonymous Chronique de France, and in the Chronique rimée of Philippe Mousket.
  3. Bueves de Comarchis belonges to the cycle of romance gathered round the history of Aimeri de Narbonne.
  4. roman d'aventures, Cléomadès, is long and borrowes from Spanish and Moorish traditions brought into France by Blanche, daughter of Louis IX, who after the death of her Spanish husband returned to the French court.

Modern publications:[2]


  1. ^ He was also known as Adenez, Adans Le Roi, Roi Adam, Li Rois Adenes, Adan le Menestrel or Adam Rex Menestrallus
  1. ^ Chisholm 1911, p. 190.
  2. ^ a b c d Chisholm 1911, p. 191.
  3. ^ Ward 1883, pp. 610,613.


  • Ward, Harry Leigh Douglas (1883). "Harley 4404 ff.102–251b (Enfances Ogier)". Catalogue of romances in the Department of manuscripts in the British Museum. 1. British Museum. pp. 610–615.
  •  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Adenès le Roi". Encyclopædia Britannica. 1 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. pp. 190–191.