The Rooklooster Register: a Tough Monument to Edit
Several scholars have studied the Rooklooster Register, but their plans to edit and publish the manuscript have never been carried through.
In the following decades, the Rooklooster Register would increasingly attract attention in Belgium. A few years after his attempt to study the manuscript in Vienna, Van Mierlo managed to obtain it in loan in order to photograph the entire manuscript. As a result, the part containing the anonymous works in the illustrious book register were published in 1930. At the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven the interest was also lively: the church historian and canon Jozef-Maria De Smet (†1996) had the Rooklooster Register at his disposal in Leuven between 1949 and 1954. He was to lead an effort to study the manuscript with the intention of publishing it. Finally, two staff members of the Ruusbroecgenootschap, the jesuit Paul Verdeyen and the academic librarian Frans Hendrickx, after a visit to Vienna in 1978 again attempted to resume the earlier study of the manuscript at the Ruusbroecgenootschap. Lacking structural support for their plans, their effort also failed.
Apart from the two most recent articles by Pieter Obbema, digitally available on this website (see below), we here provide a bibliographical list of studies, although restricted to those that treat the Rooklooster Register more or less in its entirety. Reports of research into individual authors and their works or the book possession of individual monastic libraries based on the Rooklooster Register have been left out. In our opinion the latter would fit better in a study of the reception of the manuscript in the history of religious literature and monastic history. The following bibliographical list is ordered chronologically.
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