The contents of Ms. Groningen, U.L., 405 consist for the greater part of works by Jacob van Maerlant. For a long time, this important and beautiful codex has been considered to be a book, that was dated and localised more or less precisely, which is extremely rare in the case of fourteenth-century Middle Dutch manuscripts. Despite of certain evidence concerning relations between the manuscript and Mariënweerd (a monastery of Premonstratensian regular canons in de Betuwe), G.I. Lieftinck stated that the book was ordered to be written and illustrated in a municipal workshop at 's-Hertogenbosch in 1339. In his view the manuscript was not made by the monks of Mariënweerd. New codicological research, however, reveals that the codex must have been produced gradually during perhaps more than a decade and that it is in fact impossible to decide whether the book was made in the monastery or in a bookshop elsewhere.
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