Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Jean Golien: Le Racional Des Divins Offices De Guillaume Durand: Livre IV

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Jean Golien: Le Racional Des Divins Offices De Guillaume Durand: Livre IV

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Golien: L¿ Racional des divins offices de Guillaume Durand; Livre IV, éd. Charles Brucker and Pierre Demarolle, Publications Romanes et Françaises 250 (Geneva: Droz, 2010). 1081 pp.; ? black-and-white plate. ISBN 978-2-600-01402-1. euro136.62. This volume provides an edition, with extensive introduction and notes, of Book 4 of Jean Golien's translation into Middle French of Guillaume Durand's Rationale divinorum officiorum, together with Golien's Prologue to his translation, his translation of Durand's Prologue to Book I, and his translation of the Traité du sacre from the end of Durand's Book I. Durand's text was completed in 1 29 1 and was very widely diffused, surviving not only in numerous manuscripts, but also in in printed editions ranging from 1459 to the mid-seventeenth century. Golien's translation was commissioned in 1371 by Charles V, and the base manuscript for this edition is the presentation copy belonging to Charles (BnF fr. 437). As the editors point out, Golien's translation offers numerous points of interest. More than any other of Charles's translators, Golien used his work as a vehicle for what amounts to nationalist and monarchist propaganda, incorporating allusions to Charles V, inserting descriptions of Parisian and other French churches and shrines, commenting on the role of the king in both governance and religious practices, and inscribing him in a tradition of wise rulers reaching back to Caesar and Solomon. …

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