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Rider's edition is the first to be based on representatives of both the Multrum's manuscript traditions since the Bollandists' heavily emended seventeenth-century edition. It offers the first complete and accurate critical apparatus for the text including all the variants of the existing manuscripts and early editions. It also takes into account emendations suggested by scholars since the mid-nineteenth century (Köpke, Pirenne, Thomas and Ross). Readers are thus provided with all the surviving textual evidence and may evaluate for themselves the editor's decisions. Rider's text also indicates, for the first time, the original divisions of the Multrum and reveals Galbert's principles of organization and composition. This volume likewise contains the first edition of the surviving first third of a 15th-century French translation of the Multrum, printed facing the corresponding Latin text. The introduction discusses Galbert, Charles the Good and the historical context, the composition and the textual tradition of the Multrum. The volume includes a bibliography of scholarly works devoted principally to an interpretation or discussion of all or part of the Multrum new maps of early-twelfth-century Bruges and Flanders, genealogies of the count of Flanders (1035-1168) and the Erembalds, and an exhaustive index of names and places and references to nameless representatives of various social groups (like armigeri, ancillae, the clerus Brugensis and milites) which will be of particular use to social historians.