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In this contribution, I discuss a chronogram that I recently encountered in a copy of a Chronicle of Brabant (Die alder excellenste cronyke van Brabant, Antwerp: Roland van den Dorpe, 1498) currently held at University of Liège Library. Four couplets guide the reader in unlocking biographical data encoded in a chronogram which resonates with the undiscerning grief caused by the sudden death of Philip the Fair (1478-1506). The same lines turn up in a register of the regional chancery of Holland, where it was written down circa 1522. Interestingly, the same error disfigures the chronogram in both copies. Other handwritten notes in the Liège copy suggest that the short text in the chronicle of Brabant was noted down by someone working in the regional administration of Brabant. The chronogram thus offers us a glimpse of how in the late medieval Low Countries administrative networks also served as a conduit for (occasional) poetry.
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