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Originating in Bruges, the Gruuthuse Manuscript is a very diverse collection of Middle Dutch rhyming literature which was compiled in about 1400. There are many reasons why it can be described as special. Perhaps the most important of these is that it includes 147 individual songs, almost all of them accompanied by musical notation. And if we count those songs woven into two narrative poems, the total rises to 155. No other mediaeval source from the Low Countries displays such lyrical richness. Yet the manuscript has even more to offer than that, including the only extensive and original allegories of love in the Dutch language. And, as is now gradually becoming clear, it is a source which documents the literary activities of a song and poetry-loving community in early Burgundian Bruges from very close at hand....
 
 
Originating in Bruges, the Gruuthuse Manuscript is a very diverse collection of Middle Dutch rhyming literature which was compiled in about 1400. There are many reasons why it can be described as special. Perhaps the most important of these is that it includes 147 individual songs, almost all of them accompanied by musical notation. And if we count those songs woven into two narrative poems, the total rises to 155. No other mediaeval source from the Low Countries displays such lyrical richness. Yet the manuscript has even more to offer than that, including the only extensive and original allegories of love in the Dutch language. And, as is now gradually becoming clear, it is a source which documents the literary activities of a song and poetry-loving community in early Burgundian Bruges from very close at hand....

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