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Author Keen, Elizabeth Joy.

Title The journey of a book : Bartholomew the Englishman and the Properties of things / Elizabeth Keen.

Published Canberra : ANU E Press, 2007.


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 online resource
Series Books at JSTOR Open Access
Contents Introduction -- Literary approaches -- 'Properties' as a guide to salvation -- The world and the journey -- 'Properties', salvation and social order in late-medieval England -- An authoritative source -- Navigating tides of change: Bartholomew and the English -- Conclusion -- Appendix A. British Library Manuscript Arundel 123, the contents of the codex -- Appendix B. Abridgement of 'Properties' in Bodleian Library Manuscript Laud Miscellany 682.
Summary De proprietatibus rerum, 'On the properties of things', has long been referred to by scholars as a medieval encyclopedia, but evidence suggests that it has been many things to many people. The sheer number of extant manuscript copies and printed editions, along with translations, adaptations, and mentions in poems and sermons, testify to its continuous significance for Europeans of all estates and different walks of life, from the thirteenth to the seventeenth centuries. While first compiled soon after the time of St Francis by a humble continental friar to meet the needs of his expanding religious brotherhood, by 1600 English men of letters had claimed Bartholomew as a noble compatriot and national treasure. What was it about the work that propelled it through a progression of medieval cultures and into an exalted position in the world of English letters? This reception history traces evidence for the journey of 'Properties' over four centuries of social, political and religious change.
Language notes English.
Other author JSTOR issuing body.
Subject Bartholomaeus, Anglicus, active 13th century. De proprietatibus rerum.
Encyclopedias and dictionaries -- Early works to 1600 -- History and criticism.
Philosophy of nature -- Early works to 1800.
Electronic books.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Early works.
ISBN 9781921313073 (electronic bk.)
1921313072 (electronic bk.)
Standard Number 10.26530/OAPEN_459303