Remco Sleiderink (University of Leuven), KU Leuven, campus Brussel, Warmoesberg 26, B-1000 Brussel, email@example.com
Two hitherto unknown fragments of the Dietsche Catoen, the Dutch translation of the Dicta Catonis, were discovered in the City Archives of Mechelen (AA Comptes Communaux, I, 3) and the National Archives of Belgium in Brussels (Chambre des Comptes 41.234). These fragments were used as padding in parchment covers of fifteenth century Mechelen city accounts. The Mechelen parchment fragment (Me) is dated to the second half of the fourteenth century, the Brussels paper fragment (Br) to about 1430-1440. Both are written in a single column. This article presents an edition of both fragments, supplementing Van Buuren’s 1998 edition of all known textual witnesses of the Dietsche Catoen. The codicological analysis shows that both fragments are remnants of small single-quire manuscripts, containing only the Dietsche Catoen. Notwithstanding that this kind of manuscript probably was very common in the Middle Ages, relatively few have survived.
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