Culture, Power and Personality in Medieval France by John F. Benton

By John F. Benton

This assortment is a extraordinary instance of ways the cultural historical past of the center a while will be written in phrases that fulfill either the historian and the literary student. John Benton's wisdom of the group of workers, constitution and finance of medieval courts complemented his knowing of the literature they produced.

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R. 31 Unfortunately he was a scholar whose works, if there were any, have not survived, and all that we can say is that Count Henry had as a clerk a man with a reputation for learning. Geoffroi de Villehardouin took the office of marshal at the court of Countess Marie in 1185. In the succeeding years his official duties must have brought him often to the court of Champagne, but he can in no way be considered a court author, for Villehardouin dictated his celebrated history of the Fourth Crusade long after he had left Champagne.

Paris, B. N. ms. lat. 4998, fol. 63 v¡. This passage was quoted almost exactly by Albri c de Troisfontaines, M GH SS, xxiii, 847. 78 The manuscript of these letters, possibly corrected by the author himself, is in the National Library of Luxemburg. The two letters to Count Henry are on the folios now numbered 45-49. Portions of the second letter are printed by W. Wattenbach, "Aus den Briefen des Guido von Bazoches," Neues Archiv, xvi (1891), 79-81. 71 The Court of Champagne as a Literary Center 25 The next entry, labeled number XVI, is also addressed to Count Henry.

Although this variant also occur s in the Palaea, the rest of Evrat’s text shows tha t he was not following tha t version of Creation , since the Palaea differs widely from Genesis , and in all othe r respect s Evrat follows the Vulgate faithfully and almost literally. 49 A fuller readin g of Evrat’s texts, moreover , demonstrate s the author’s orthodoxy . His continua l reference s to Hol y Church , his belief tha t confession in the Churc h wards off the Devil, and his views on marriag e are enough to show tha t Evrat was not a Bogomil or even a Waldensian .

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