E rik K wakkel A meadow without owers What happened to the Middle Dutch manuscripts from the Charterhouse Herne? * Monasterium sine libris est sicut pratum sine oribus ( Jacobus Louber, Charterhouse Basel) introduction ‘Desen boec es der broedere van Sente pauwels in zoninghen gheheeten te roe- dendale’ [This book belongs to the brethren of St Pauls in Zonien called the Red Valley]. The ex libris inscription in the oldest surviving copy of the Song of Songs in Middle Dutch prose, found in the second booklet of Paris, Bibliothèque Mazarine, MS 920 , leaves little room for debate: it belonged to Rooklooster, a priory situated in the Forest of Soignes, just outside the city of Brussels. 1 The Paris booklet, copied not long after the translation had been nished around 1384 , is one of many fourteenth-century Middle Dutch manuscripts that have come down to us through Rooklooster. The surviving part of the priory’s library ( fty vernacular and over a hundred Latin manuscripts), consists of twenty-three Middle Dutch codices copied prior to 1400 , in which a staggering 109 inde- pendently produced booklets are bound together. 2 Because of its size and date, the collection
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Published: Jan 1, 2003
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