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Boethius in the Middle Ages

Boethius' "Consolatio Philosophiae is one of those exceptional works that circulated widely throughout such diverse medieval cultures as the schools and universities, the court, and religious houses. It spawned a rich tradition of Latin commentaries and was a major force in shaping vernacular literary traditions, including the works of Jean de Meun, Dante, and Chaucer.
The changing perceptions of the "Consolatio are the subject of this collection of new essays. The first section is devoted to the Latin commentary tradition (William of Conches, Nicholas Trevet, and Pierre d'Ailly). The other sections explore the vernacular traditions (Italian, French, German, English, and Dutch).
The book underlines the interactions between the Latin and the vernacular and between literary and scholastic contexts, and the focus throughout is on the intellectual and institutional background of the works discussed.
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Table of Contents

Preface Part I: The Latin Tradition The 'Glosa' as Instrument for the Development of Natural Philosophy. William of Conches' Commentary on Boethuis Lodi Nauta The Scholastic Context of the Beothuis Commentary by Nicholas Trevet Lodi Nauta Le traite de Pierre d'Ailly sur la Consolation de Boece, question 2. Etude preliminaire Marguerite Chappuis Part II: The Middle Dutch Tradition 'Latinitas' in Middle Dutch Literature Paul Wackers Consolation in Late Medieval Dutch Literature Thom Mertens The Medieval Dutch Tradition of Boethius' Consolatio philosophiae, Mariken Goris and Wilma Wissink The Transition of Academic Knowledge. Scholasticism in the Ghent Boethius (1485) and Other Comentaries on the Consolatio, Maarten J.F.M. Hoenen Part III: Other Vernacular Traditions. English, French, Italian, and German Placing Walton's Boethius Ian Johnson The Medieval French Tradition Glynnis M. Cropp ...Quello non conosciuto da molti libro di Boezio. Hinweise zur Consolatio philosophiae in Norditalien Thomas Ricklin The German Boethius Translation Printed in 1473 in Its Historical context Nigel F. Palmer Appendix Bibliography Index of Manuscripts Index of Names and Places Contributors Plates I-III

About the Author

Maarten J.F.M. Hoenen is Professor of Philosophy the University of Freiburg. He has published several books and numerous articles on medieval philosophy and theology. Lodi Nauta holds a Royal Dutch Academy chair in medieval and Renaissance philosophy at the University of Groningen. He has published an edition of William of Conches' commentary on Boethius' Consolatio Philosophiae and is finishing a book on Lorenzo Valla. He has edited several books, translated Dante's De vulgari eloquentia in Dutch, and is the author of several articles on medieval and Renaissance philosophy and on Thomas Hobbes.


'..".einen gewichtigen Beitrag zur rheinisch-oberrheinischen Kultur...'Rold De Kegel, "Deutsches Archiv f]r Erforschung des Mittelalters, 1998.

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