Most of the medieval manuscripts containing Middle-Dutch literature do not reveal direct information as to their place and date of origin. A relatively sound method of determining such information is the tracing of one or more other manuscripts that are written by the same scribe. This way of investigation can provide new and stimulating evidence of provenance, as can be demonstrated by recent findings. The downside of this method is that it is laborious, hardly apt to a systematical approach and therefore to a great extent dependent on coincidental discoveries. The authors highlight a case that strongly emphasises the need for an awareness of the possibilitties of clustering manuscripts originating from the same scribe or scribes. For the first time the hands of three scibes that have contributed to one of the largest and most important literary Middle-Dutch manuscripts, the so-called Comburg Manuscript (Stuttgart, Württembergische Landesbibliothek, Cod. poet. et phil. 2° 22) have been recognized in another codex (Brussels, Royal Library of Belgium, 16.762-75). Until now the provenance of the Comburg Manuscripts has been subject to hypotheses, but here a rare opportunity presented itself to establish, with a high degree of probability, both time and place of the collaboration of these scribes. Careful analysis of the contents of the Brussels manuscripts, which is a register of communcal privileges of Ghent enabled the authors to pinpoint the origin of the Comburg Manuscrips to professional Ghent scribes, which must have worked on different kinds of manuscripts during the years around 1415-1420.
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