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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 Doctrine of the Hert: A Middle English Translation of De doctrina cordis

The Doctrine of the Hert: A Middle English Translation of De doctrina cordis

(p.85) 3 The Doctrine of the Hert: A Middle English Translation of De doctrina cordis
A Companion to The Doctrine of the Hert

Anne Elisabeth Mouron

Liverpool University Press

The author of the Middle English translation of De doctrina cordis (The Doctrine of the Hert) remains anonymous, but he declared his intentions in a different Prologue to the text. This declaration of intent indicates that the text is not acknowledged as a translation from the Latin and that the translator's purpose is moral and spiritual. According to Sister Candon, the Middle English prologue is not a translation of the Latin. The Latin and Middle English prologues differ in tone, which may suggest that less was expected of the vernacular audience. Moreover, the original Latin audience may have shared more of the translator's intellectual sophistication as well as the habit of continual reading and meditation on the Scriptures.

Keywords:   translator, Middle English translation, De doctrina cordis, Latin, Sister Candon, prologues, meditation, Scriptures

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