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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 French Translations of De doctrina cordis1

The French Translations of De doctrina cordis1

(p.185) 7 The French Translations of De doctrina cordis1
A Companion to The Doctrine of the Hert

Anne Elisabeth Mouron

Liverpool University Press

Four manuscripts of De doctrina cordis (The Doctrine of the Hert) are available in French: Troyes, Bibliothèque municipale, MS 1384; Douai, Bibliothèque municipale, MS 514; Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Holkham Misc. 42; and Paris, Bibliothèque nationale, MS fr. 13272. In contrast to the Middle English version, which has its own prologue instead of translating the Latin prologue, three of the French manuscripts – MS Douai, MS Holkham, and MS Troyes – do not provide a new prologue or any insight from the translator. MS Holkham and MS Douai appear to be two different versions of the same translation, suggesting that there must have been other manuscripts of the French translation of De doctrina cordis which have not survived. All three French translations have many separate sections marked by larger initials.

Keywords:   manuscripts, De doctrina cordis, MS Douai, MS Holkham, MS Troyes, prologue, French translations

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