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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Maleperduys is Reynard the Fox's principal hideaway in the medieval tales of this figure of legend.

labyrinthine Maleperduys is full of holes, crooked and long, with multiple exits, which Reynard can open and shut to elude his enemies. Full of secret chambers and passageways, in William Caxton's The Historie of Reynart the Foxe (1485) the castle of Maleperduys is described as the "best and the fastest burgh that [Reynart] had. There lay he in when he had need, and was in any dread or fear." (Chapter VII, How Bruin the Bear was sped of Reynart the Fox).

Reynaerd hadde so menich huus,
Maer die casteel Malpertus
Dat was die beste van sinen borghen.
Van den Vos Reynaerde

In 1943 Belgian writer Jean Ray published the novel Malpertuis, a horror story set in a house in Ghent. A film adaptation was directed by Harry Kümel.

In France the toponym Maupertuis is attested more than 180 times under 17 different orthographies. In Walloon, Flandres and Netherlands it is not attested at all.

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