The form in which certain of the references to him are couched favours the above view; the compiler of Guiron le Cortois says in his prologue that "maistre Gautier Map qui fu clers au roi Henrydevisa cil l'estoire de monseigneur Lancelot du Lac, que d'autre chose ne parla it mie gramment en son livre"; and in another place he refers to Map, "qui fit lou pro pre livre de monsoingnour Lancelot dou Lac."
Jan van Goyen, Gabriel Metsu, Gerard Dou and Rembrandt were also natives of this town.
3 Brunetto Latini also makes reference to the compass in his encyclopaedia Livres dou tre.
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