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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

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History of the Book Lecture 2012: Time and Man: Authorship in the High Middle Ages

7th November 2012, 17:30, The Senate Suite, Durham Castle , Dr Greti Dinkova-Bruun, Pontfical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto

Leonius of Paris and Aegidius of Paris are Latin poets who lived and worked in the beginning of the 13th century. In their extensive biblical versifications these poets demonstrate a clear sense of their own unique authorial involvement with the material in front of them, be it the Bible or the work of a famous predecessor. In the case of Leonius, this is evident from the almost certainly authorial glosses added in the margins around his poem which draw the reader’s attention to Leonius’s own elaborations of the biblical story, whereas Aegidius justifies his interventions in the text of Peter Riga’s Aurora by calling himself “the ultimate corrector” who will improve the original by fixing confused order and expanding its contents. What emerges from these two examples are two different but complimentary attitudes to medieval authorship. Both Leonius and Aegidius think of themselves as embedded in a complex textual matrix that encompasses not only the Bible and its many versifications, but also the vast range of sources on which they both depend and against which they assert their own authority.

Greti Dinkova-Bruun is a Fellow and Librarian of the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies (PIMS), Toronto. In 1999, she obtained her PhD at the Centre for Medieval Studies in Toronto and in 2001 received her L.M.S (Licence in Mediaeval Studies) at PIMS. In addition to articles published in Mediaeval Studies, Viator, Sacris Erudiri, Mittellateinishes Jahrbuch, and Archives d’Histoire doctrinale et littéraire du Moyen Age,Dr. Dinkova-Bruun is the author of numerous critical editions and translations of medieval texts. Her field of study is Latin biblical versification, mnemonic poetry, and Medieval Latin.

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The lecture will be followed by a reception and a 3 course dinner in the Senate Suite, The lecture and reception are free, dinner is £35. If you would like to attend the dinner please contact Jacky Pankhurst


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