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Giles of Rome's De regimine principum Synopsis

From the time of its composition (c.1280) for Philip the Fair of France until the early sixteenth century, Giles of Rome's mirror of princes, the De regimine principum, was read by both lay and clerical readers in the original Latin and in several vernacular translations, and served as model or source for several works of princely advice. This study examines the relationship between this didactic political text and its audience by focusing on the textual and material aspects of the surviving manuscript copies, as well as on the evidence of ownership and use found in them and in documentary and literary sources. Briggs argues that lay readers used De regimine for several purposes, including as an educational treatise and military manual, whereas clerics, who often first came into contact with it at university, glossed, constructed apparatus for, and modified the text to suit their needs in their later professional lives.

Giles of Rome's De regimine principum Press Reviews

...his masterful account of the later medieval history of the text does a compelling job of clearing much of the historical obscurity away from such an important and underappreciated text. Albion Its rich detail and different lines of inquiry allow the book to achieve an optimum of both information and analysis. Speculum

Book Information

ISBN: 9780521103442
Publication date: 18th December 2008
Author: Charles F. (Georgia Southern University) Briggs
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 224 pages
Categories: Palaeography (history of writing), Archaeology by period / region,

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