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Overview of Ruusbroec Research

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Scientific interest in Ruusbroec's oeuvre has been developing since the mid-19th century. Research into Ruusbroec's life is primarily concerned with an investigation of the historical sources. The most important medieval sources that inform about John of Ruusbroec's life are the so-called Prologue of Brother Gerard. Research into individual manuscripts has led to comparisons and conclusions regarding the historical setting of Ruusbroec's works and the interpretation of certain data. Reliable editions are indispensible to Ruusbroec researchers who do not have the manuscripts at their disposal or are insufficiently skilled at paleography. The publication of critical editions of Ruusbroec's works is not limited to the Middle Dutch texts. There are also international textual traditions that have become the subject of permanent interest in Ruusbroec research and have resulted in both new editions and new contributions. The three principal subjects of the oldest Ruusbroec traditions are the Medieval Latin, German, and English translations.

Keywords: historical sources; medieval sources; paleography; Prologue of Brother Gerard; Ruusbroec's oeuvre; translations



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