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L'auteur des «Lettres familières d'un moin du Bec» attribuée à Alain de Lille


Rossi, Carla (2017). L'auteur des «Lettres familières d'un moin du Bec» attribuée à Alain de Lille. Theory and Criticism of Literature and Arts, 2(1):27-44.

Abstract

2009, in an article published in the Cahiers de Civilisation Médiévale, I entertained serious doubts concerning the hypot hesis formulated in 2003 by Françoise Hudry 1 on the identity of the author of the Epistulæ familiares, found in Paris Bibliothèque Nationale MS Latin 13575. The codex, a late twelfth-century compendium, had already been briefly described by Barthélemy Hauréau in 1891. The letter collection has been available to readers of Latin since its edition and publication by Jean Leclercq in 1953 under the title Les lettres familières d’un moine du Bec. Neither Hauréau nor Leclercq claimed to identify the letters’ author(s) or recipients, although both recognized they were of monastic provenance, almost certainly from the famous abbey of Bec in Normandy. In 1972 Palémon Glorieux suggested that these letters showed certain resemblances to the work of Alan of Lille, whose writings are relatively well known but whose career remains to a large extent mysterious. F. Hudry's new edition of the letters sought not only to prove the conjectures of Glorieux but even to extend them beyond any previously accepted bounds. The historical and philological rectifications that I suggested in my article were such as to invalidate a whole series of forced interpretations and biographical guesses proposed by Françoise Hudry on Alan of Lille. By continuing to carry out research, I reached good evidence that the Epistulæ familiares appear not to have been written by the doctor universalis and that the likely author of the letters is Henry, a monk from the Bec abbey, chosen by earl Galeran II de Meulan as abbot of Préaux in 1168.

Abstract

2009, in an article published in the Cahiers de Civilisation Médiévale, I entertained serious doubts concerning the hypot hesis formulated in 2003 by Françoise Hudry 1 on the identity of the author of the Epistulæ familiares, found in Paris Bibliothèque Nationale MS Latin 13575. The codex, a late twelfth-century compendium, had already been briefly described by Barthélemy Hauréau in 1891. The letter collection has been available to readers of Latin since its edition and publication by Jean Leclercq in 1953 under the title Les lettres familières d’un moine du Bec. Neither Hauréau nor Leclercq claimed to identify the letters’ author(s) or recipients, although both recognized they were of monastic provenance, almost certainly from the famous abbey of Bec in Normandy. In 1972 Palémon Glorieux suggested that these letters showed certain resemblances to the work of Alan of Lille, whose writings are relatively well known but whose career remains to a large extent mysterious. F. Hudry's new edition of the letters sought not only to prove the conjectures of Glorieux but even to extend them beyond any previously accepted bounds. The historical and philological rectifications that I suggested in my article were such as to invalidate a whole series of forced interpretations and biographical guesses proposed by Françoise Hudry on Alan of Lille. By continuing to carry out research, I reached good evidence that the Epistulæ familiares appear not to have been written by the doctor universalis and that the likely author of the letters is Henry, a monk from the Bec abbey, chosen by earl Galeran II de Meulan as abbot of Préaux in 1168.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Romance Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism
470 Latin & Italic languages
410 Linguistics
440 French & related languages
460 Spanish & Portuguese languages
450 Italian, Romanian & related languages
Uncontrolled Keywords:Alanus ab Insulis, Alain de Lille, Doctor Universal is, Epistulæ familiars, Bec Abbey, Henricus monachus Becci, abbas , , Pratellis
Language:French
Date:August 2017
Deposited On:31 Jan 2018 09:34
Last Modified:14 Jun 2018 10:55
Publisher:TCLA Academic Studies Ltd
ISSN:2297-1874
OA Status:Closed
Related URLs:https://www.tcla-journal.eu/ (Publisher)
https://www.recherche-portal.ch/ZAD:default_scope:ebi01_prod010898008 (Library Catalogue)

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