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Title: Sinte Franciscus Souter
Subtitle: Een populaire postincunabel met een handschrift vervolledigd
Author(s): DESPLENTER, Youri
Journal: Spiegel der Letteren
Volume: 49 Issue: 2 Date: 2007
Sinte Franciscus Souter is a treatise in three parts, translated from Latin within the Devotio moderna movement: the first part focuses on the Creator, the second on the Saviour and the third on Man. The work seems to have been particularly popular between 1500 and 1540, as it was printed several times during this period. Nevertheless, in all printed versions from the sixteenth and seventeenth century and in all of the hitherto known manuscripts containing Sinte Franciscus Souter, the third part is missing. Recently, however, the complete text was found in Brussels, Royal Library, II 3738 (ca 1530-1560), a manuscript made in the vicinity of the tertiary convent Catharinadal in Hasselt. The manuscript contains a version of Sinte Franciscus Souter that is closer to the original text than those to be found in the printed books. This makes clear that decades after the introduction of the printing-press in the Netherlands, religious (prose) literature continued to be handed down by means of different, partly independent media.