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A Reader of the Rose in Bruges

Fragments from the Roman de la Rose in a Middle Dutch Manuscript


An early 14th-century account book, now kept in the Brugean State Archives, not only contains administrative and financial information in Middle Dutch, but also a collection of Old French excerpts taken from the Roman de la Rose. Found in a manuscript of which the contents allows us to gain a profound insight into the life and activities of its original owner, this florilegium adds to our insight into the milieux in which the Rose was read; the collection also illustrates the fact that the medieval way to read the Rose can often be characterized as a ‘lecture discontinue’. The excerpts are identified and edited.

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Correspondence to Dirk Geirnaert.

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Geirnaert, D. A Reader of the Rose in Bruges. Neophilologus 90, 13–24 (2006).

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  • Comparative Literature
  • Historical Linguistic
  • Financial Information
  • State Archive
  • Profound Insight