Manuscript Serrure

Medieval Miscellanies in the Netherlands, volume 15

The Handschrift-Serrure (Brussels, KBR II 144) is a paper manuscript, created in stages in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, probably in the south of the Duchy of Gelre. It contains as many as 68 short texts, including songs, proverbs, minstrelsy, sermons, parodies of recipes and also some Latin texts. The second of the three codicological volumes contains the Straßburger Rätselbuch. The highly varied text collection seems to originate from a student environment and has been characterised by Herman Pleij as a ‘modest Carmina Burana variant in the vernacular’.

Edited by Erika Langbroek & Annelies Roeleveld