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Cutting out the camel-like knees of St James: the De viris illustribus tradition in the twelfth-century renaissance

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This article examines the revival of the de viris illustribus genre in the twelfth century. These catalogues of the most important Christian authors were modelled on a template created in late antiquity by Jerome, but adopted new attitudes to what constitutes distinguished Christian literary activity. They regard the editing, collecting, and re-ordering of texts as equal to the composition of new works, and recognize legal codification as a noteworthy activity. As such, they represent the bro...

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10.1093/hisres/htab001

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
History Faculty
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Author
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Journal:
Historical Research More from this journal
Volume:
94
Issue:
264
Pages:
191-212
Publication date:
2021-04-05
Acceptance date:
2020-08-05
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EISSN:
1468-2281
ISSN:
0950-3471
Language:
English
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1137645
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pubs:1137645
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2020-10-14

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