Jan van Ruusbroec
Opera omnia VII
Van den XII. Beghinen. De vera contemplatione
M. Kors (ed.)
IV+325 p., 155 x 245 mm, 2000
Languages: Middle Dutch, Latin, English
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Ruusbroec (1293-1381) puts the
Netherlands on the map of worldliterature. His greatness as a mystic
author has been acknowledged internationally. His works contains eleven
treatises and seven letters. There have been two editions of his work
so far: one by J.-B.David (1858-1868) and one by the
Ruusbroecgenootschap (1932-1934). Neither of these editions meets
modern standards. Therefore a new critical edition was urgently needed.
Of the ten volumes planned in this new edition, volume seven is the
fifth to appear.The Middle Dutch text is based on a critical study of
all manuscripts. Besides the Middle Dutch text the edition contains a
new American-English translation and the Latin translation by L.Surius
O.Carth. (1552). The edition of the Middle Dutch text is critically
reconstructive. The text is accompanied by a variant apparatus,
paleographic annotations, a textcritical commentary and a lemmatized
vocabulary with localizations.The introduction sketches the historical
circumstances in which each of the texts originated and outlines their
contents. Finally it gives information about the manner of editing and
about the manuscripts which contain the text in question.