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A Companion to The Doctrine of the HertThe Middle English Translation and its Latin and European Contexts$
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Denis Renevey and Christiania Whitehead

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780859898218

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780859898218.001.0001

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The Authorship of De doctrina cordis

The Authorship of De doctrina cordis

Chapter:
(p.19) 1 The Authorship of De doctrina cordis
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A Companion to The Doctrine of the Hert
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Nigel F. Palmer

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780859898218.003.0002

Of the more than 200 manuscripts of the Latin treatise De doctrina cordis (The Doctrine of the Hert), approximately two-thirds present it as an anonymous work. However, since at least 1281, and probably earlier, the author was believed to be a certain Gerard of Liège. The name was retained by manuscript colophons and catalogues, but the Naples editions of 1605 and 1607 reinstate the attribution to brother Gerardus Leodiensis OP. In 1931, André Wilmart suggested that the author of De doctrina cordis was most likely to be a Cistercian. Guido Hendrix went with the Gerardus Leodiensis OCist hypothesis in his first publications, but later referred to the Paris master, Dominican provincial and later cardinal Hugh of St Cher in a series of articles and monographs beginning in 1980. This chapter examines the literary and historical context in which De doctrina cordis should be read, and suggests that the significant question is one about audience as much as authorship.

Keywords:   authorship, De doctrina cordis, Gerard of Liège, Gerardus Leodiensis, André Wilmart, Guido Hendrix, St Cher, audience

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