Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The Medieval Shepherd: Jean De Brie's le Bon Berger (1379)

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The Medieval Shepherd: Jean De Brie's le Bon Berger (1379)

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The Medieval Shepherd: Jean de Brie's Le Bon Berger (1379), ed. and trans. Carleton W. Carroll and Lois Hawley Wilson, Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies 424 (Tempe, Ariz.: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2012). vii + 226 pp. ISBN 978-0-86698-0. $50.00/£38.00. Dedicated to the 'tresbon ... Pasteur' himself, as well as to Charles V of France, this French vernacular text is the earliest known manual devoted to sheep husbandry, linking the more general farming literature in the tradition of Cato, Varro, et al. with the numerous subsequent Shepherds' Calendars and Shepherds' Lives, down to James Rebanks (herdyshepherdi on Twitter) in 2015. There are no medieval manuscripts of Le Bon Berger, but the editors feel that the language of the earliest editions (late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries) supports the 1379 date given in the dedication. …

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