Coster, Charles de

BORN 20 Aug 1827, München, Bayern - DIED 7 May 1879, Brussel: Elsene
BIRTH NAME Coster, Charles Théodore Henri de
CAUSE OF DEATH tuberculosis and diabetes
GRAVE LOCATION Brussel: Ixelles Cimetière (Avenue 1, Pelouse 2)

Charles de Coster was born in Munich but his parents were Belgians. He studied in Brussels and formed democratic and anti-clerical convictions. He became a freemason and was a member of the lodge 'The True Friends of Union and Progress'. In 1847 he was among the founders of the literary society Les Joyeux.

He worked as a journalist before he started working for the General Archives of the Kingdom of Belgium. From 1860 to 1864 he was secretary to the Royal Commission for the publication of ancient laws and ordinances. In 1861 he published "Contes Brabançons" ("Brabant Tales"). In 1867 he published his best known work "Tyl Uilenspiegel". In 1870 he was engaged as a tutor at the Royal Military Academy. He died in 1879 in Brussels.

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The grave of Charles de Coster at the Ixelles Cimetière, Brussels.
Picture by Androom (28 Apr 2007)


• Heessen, Hans, Harry Jansen & Ed Schilders, Waar ligt Poot?, De Prom, Baarn, 1997
Cimitière d'Ixelles, Cercle D'Histoire Locale D'Ixelles, 1990
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Published: 27 Sep 2020
Last update: 01 Feb 2022