In the Koninklijke Bibliotheek (Royal Library) of The Hague, a hitherto unknown fragment of Der leken spiegel by Jan van Boendale was found and identified. Its signature is 's-Gravenhage, KB, ms. 72 A 28, nr. 56D. It most probably is part of a manuscript containing an excerpt of Book II , i.e. chapter 57, vs. 72 - chapter 58, vs. 11. The codex must have been a small one: about 111 x 83 mm, written in one column with 19 verses on a page. The fragment is part of the same codex as Brussels, KB, ms. IV 895, which contains Book II, chapter 58, vs. 88-125. It is very probable that the fragments are conjugal halves of a bifolium in a small codex. This codex may have contained chapters 55-60 of book II of Der leken spiegel, the story about the end of the life of The Virgin Mary.
The fact that the fragment was written during the lifetime of Boendale indicates that Der leken spiegel was already well known and probably rather popular soon after it was written, because excerpts were already made shortly after Boendale finished his book.
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