This assortment is a extraordinary instance of the way the cultural historical past of the center a long time could be written in phrases that fulfill either the historian and the literary student. John Benton's wisdom of the body of workers, constitution and finance of medieval courts complemented his realizing of the literature they produced.
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If one accepts the recommendation that Andr de Luyeres grew to become Marie’s chaplain, it really is nonetheless tougher to think that he wrote the De Amore. because the son of a serf from rural Champagne, Andr de Luyeres most likely had not more schooling than that supplied within the grammar university of Troyes. The ecclesiastical files of Troyes are rather complete during this interval, and there's no facts to teach that Andr de Luyeres held any place within the management of the diocese, within the cathedral university, or within the cathedral bankruptcy. The De Amore, nevertheless, is written in fluent if now not wonderful Latin and indicates the author’s familiarity with a magnificent volume of classical, patristic, and modern literature. One should have a excessive opinion of the Latinity and schooling of the common secular canon to think that Andr de Luyeres had the power and the learning to write down the De Amore. additionally, the topic and tone of components of the De Amore don't accord with what we all know of Andr de Luyeres. the writer of the De Amore in comparison the affection of peasants to that of animals and emphasised category ameliorations in his dialogues in a fashion which, it sort of feels to me, makes social climbers glance ridiculous. 25 Such comments would appear misplaced from the pen of a guy who used to be the son of a serf and used to be himself making his means up the social scale. the current survey of the proof pertaining to Andreas Capellanus to be chanced on in other places than within the De Amore has extra little to our wisdom. The quotation of some extra witness lists containing the identify of Marie’s chaplain Andr brings their overall to twenty-five lower than the heading De amor e rusticorum Andreas says, " naturaliter sicut equus et mulus advert Veneris opera promoventur. " See De Amore, ed. Trojel, p. 235. a lot of the controversy within the dialogues is constructed from category alterations. 88 tradition, strength and character in Medieval France 9. the looks of those references simply within the years from 1182 to 1186 helps the assumption that the chaplain’s provider didn't expand some distance past these limits. It has additionally been tested that the chaplain Andr used to be a clergyman. yet not anything within the records of Champagne indicates that Marie’s chaplain wrote the De Amor e. the result of this survey don't aid Professor Mahoney’s advised identity and depart the nation of our wisdom mostly the place it was once ahead of he wrote his article. however the risk of tentative conclusions growing to be with repetition into optimistic assertions is so great26 that there is worth in reminding the reader of what we don't comprehend. 28 Cf. city T. Holmes, Chretien, Troy es, and the Grail (Chapel Hill, 1959), p. sixteen, n. 29 and p. 17. five Qui étaient les mom and dad de Jacques de Vitry? L’tude de l. a. biographie mdivale , toujours court docket d’lments , souffre surtout au dpart . Les grands hommes du Moyen Age ont laiss davantage de lines de leur dpar t de ce monde que de leur arrive , et nous en savons beaucoup plus sur les ˇuvre s de leur maturit que sur les affects qui se sont exerce s sur eux au dbu t de leur vie.