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The letter collections of Peter of Blois: studies in the manuscript tradition

The letter collections of Peter of Blois: studies in the manuscript tradition
The letter collections of Peter of Blois: studies in the manuscript tradition
Peter of Blois lived c. 1135-c.1212. During his career as secretary to the magnates of England and Normandy, Peter of Blois wrote a number of elegant, some of which he subsequently collected and published. The present thesis deals with the question of Peter's editorial work. It aims to show that Peter issued two editions of his letter collection. There is evidence of textual revision between the first and second edition, but not of any other textual revision by Peter himself. His second edition shows a marked change in attitude towards the secular career, and towards Henry II of England. This is clearly connected with the king's death and the failure of Peter's career. A number of letters which never formed part of the collection have crept into later manuscripts, which also show divergences as to letter order, and, in some cases, combine letters and texts from the two collections. The manuscript tradition is heavily contaminated. A future edition of the collection should be based on small groups of uncontaminated manuscripts.

The thesis also contains an attempt at classification of 64 manuscripts on the criteria of contents and letter order, and trial editions of five letters (epp. 1, 14, 26, 30 and 150).
Peter of Blois, 12th century, England, Henry II, letter collection, manuscripts, letter order
University of Gothenburg
Wahlgren-Smith, Lena
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Wahlgren-Smith, Lena
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Wahlgren-Smith, Lena (1993) The letter collections of Peter of Blois: studies in the manuscript tradition. University of Gothenburg, Doctoral Thesis, 212pp.

Record type: Thesis (Doctoral)

Abstract

Peter of Blois lived c. 1135-c.1212. During his career as secretary to the magnates of England and Normandy, Peter of Blois wrote a number of elegant, some of which he subsequently collected and published. The present thesis deals with the question of Peter's editorial work. It aims to show that Peter issued two editions of his letter collection. There is evidence of textual revision between the first and second edition, but not of any other textual revision by Peter himself. His second edition shows a marked change in attitude towards the secular career, and towards Henry II of England. This is clearly connected with the king's death and the failure of Peter's career. A number of letters which never formed part of the collection have crept into later manuscripts, which also show divergences as to letter order, and, in some cases, combine letters and texts from the two collections. The manuscript tradition is heavily contaminated. A future edition of the collection should be based on small groups of uncontaminated manuscripts.

The thesis also contains an attempt at classification of 64 manuscripts on the criteria of contents and letter order, and trial editions of five letters (epp. 1, 14, 26, 30 and 150).

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Published date: 20 October 1993
Keywords: Peter of Blois, 12th century, England, Henry II, letter collection, manuscripts, letter order

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URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/426870
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Last modified: 14 Dec 2018 17:30

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