Colofonconventies in middeleeuwse handschriften uit vrouwenkloosters in de Nederlanden

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The purpose of this study is to investigate the conventions of colophons and ownership marks that are written in manuscripts of the fifteenth- and sixteenth-century from women’s convents in the Low Countries. Data for this research were obtained with the help of the following two databases: Bibliotheca Neerlandica Manuscripta (BNM) and the scribal database of Johan Oosterman. The colophons and ownership marks were compared with each other to see if there were differences between the contents of the colophons and ownership marks. The contents of the colophons were also compared between different areas of the Low Countries and between two religious orders. The results of this study show that almost all colophons from women’s convents in the Low Countries contain a date of production and they are mostly written in Middle Dutch. Not all colophons contain the name of the scribe or a request for a prayer for the scribe. These elements appear to be optional in some convents. There are no significant differences between the colophons from different areas of the Low Countries or different religious orders. On the basis of the results of this research can be concluded that there are conventions for colophons, but they are different for every convent.
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