Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Barthélemy l'Anglais: Le Livre Des Regions

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Barthélemy l'Anglais: Le Livre Des Regions

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Barthélemy l'Anglais: Le Livre des regions, ed. Brent A. Pitts, Anglo-Norman Text Society, Plain Texts Series 15 (London: Anglo-Norman Text Society, 2006). 50 pp. ISBN 0-905474-47-3. Not for sale; free to members. The first addition to this series in six years is most welcome: a lirde-known Anglo-French translation (f.1270) of book xv of Bartholomaeus Anglicus' Liber deproprietatibus rerum (DPR), the special interest of this section - in essence a geographical dictionary - being attested in the source's transmission by its occasional separation from the rest of the text. Preserved in a single copy in a private collection in Atlanta, it is probably the earliest vernacular translation of DPR (c.1240), pre-dating by at least thirty years the other, more widely disseminated translations which assured DPRs subsequent popularity. The brief introduction offers some insights into Bartholomaeus' work, but the important question of the relationship between translation and source is covered in just a few short paragraphs, and is based only on a small sample of chapters from just one manuscript (Paris, BNF lat. …

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