H ans K ienhorst & M ikel M. K ors Codicological evidence for a chronological rearrangement of the works of Jan van Ruusbroec ( 1293 - 1381 ) introduction Jan van Ruusbroec ( 1293 - 1381 ) ranks among the most important mystical writ- ers of the European Middle Ages. Until 1343 he was active as a secular priest in Brussels; together with a few kindred spirits he subsequently withdrew to the nearby Groenendaal forest where they lived rst as hermits, and from 1350 as canons regular of St Augustine. Of Ruusbroec eleven prose treatises are known, as well as eight letters, the complete text of which is only available in a Latin translation. 1 The eleven treatises are very much disparate in size and they orig- inated over a period of probably about half a century. Ruusbroec’s rst work was Dat rijcke der ghelieven [ The Realm of Lovers ], which was written while he was still in Brussels. He completed his last treatise, Vanden XII beghinen [ The Twelve Beguines ] shortly before his death. Two texts, Van den gheesteliken tabernakel [ The Spiritual Tabernacle ] and Vanden XII beghinen , altogether comprise even
Quaerendo – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2003
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