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Ruusbroec in Edition: Manuscript and Print

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This chapter provides an overview of the circulation of Ruusbroec's oeuvre in manuscript form. The transmission of Ruusbroec's works in manuscript extends from the second half of the 14th century until the 17th, with a peak in the second half of the 15th century. The first edition of a Middle Dutch text by Ruusbroec, Espousals, was published in Brussels in 1624. The book contains the complete text but the language was modernized. In approximately 1350, Espousals and Stone were sent to circles of devout people in the Upper Rhine Valley who referred to themselves as Gottesfreunde. They were translated into Upper German in Strasbourg. In addition to the Upper German translations, a number of manuscripts with Ripuarian versions are also extant. Stone penetrated into the English language by its translation from the Latin translation. It was entitled The Treatise of Perfection of the Sons of God.

Keywords: Espousals; Gottesfreunde; Middle Dutch text; Ripuarian versions; Ruusbroec's oeuvre; Stone; Upper German translations



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