The Goudse kroniekje (Gouda Chronicle), a Netherlandic chronicle printed in Gouda in 1478, enjoyed great popularity in its time but began to receive renewed scholarly attention as a period document of historical interest only in the last few decades of the twentieth century. A study of the relationship between the printed text and a number of clearly related manuscripts has led to greater knowledge about the chronicle itself. The printed text is most likely based on a chronicle about the counts of Holland, from Dirk I up to and including, Jacqueline of Bavaria, written around 1440. This brief chronicle was soon enlarged with an extensive introduction detailing the earliest history of the Hollanders and their cities. In several accounts citizens of Delft play a prominent role; from this it can be surmised that the origins of the author are to be sought in that city. In the mid-fifteenth century this enlarged chronicle was again reworked, particularly with more information about the history of the later counts; some of this additional information was taken from Melis Stoke's Rijmkroniek (Rhyme Chronicle). After 1456, and again after 1477, sequels were written. This reworked and expanded text was the one printed in 1478.
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