A riddle

Geraardsbergen manuscript, Text 1 (fols. 103r-103v)

Brussels - KBR - 837-845, fol. 103r: A riddle (by courtesy of KBR Brussels)

Brussels – KBR – 837-845, fol. 103r: A riddle (by courtesy of KBR Brussels)

The first text in the Geraardsbergen manuscript is a riddle with an interesting lay out. An unknown word, represented by the roman numeral XVII, has to be repeated at the beginning of every sentence, and therefore it has been connected with a line to each one of them. The scribe of this codex seems to like texts (often: lists) with lines connecting words or parts of sentences, because they occur regularly (see also Text 3).

The question in this riddle is: With which word should this roman numeral be replaced?

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See also: the complete table of contents.

Brussels - KBR - 837-45, fol. 103v: End of the riddle (by courtesy of KBR Brussels)

Brussels – KBR – 837-45, fol. 103v: End of the riddle (by courtesy of KBR Brussels)

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