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Rita Copeland and Ineke Sluiter

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199653782

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199653782.001.0001

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Hugh of Trimberg, Registrum multorum auctorum, 1280

Hugh of Trimberg, Registrum multorum auctorum, 1280

(p.657) Hugh of Trimberg, Registrum multorum auctorum, 1280
Medieval Grammar and Rhetoric
Rita Copeland, Ineke Sluiter
Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses Registrum multorum auctorum (Register of Many Authors), a school text written by Hugh of Trimberg around 1280. Composed in rhythmic verse (the so-called ‘Goliardic’ lines), with rhyme, Registrum multorum auctorum groups ethical authors into ‘greater’ and ‘lesser’ based on their curricular role: the maiores are to be read by advanced students and the minores by beginners. It thus offers a synthetic critical reception of the literary history of medieval Latin poetry which shows an interest in the formal characteristics of contemporary writing. In addition, the text shows how to assimilate the poetic arts, such as the Poetria nova of Geoffrey of Vinsauf and the Parisiana poetria of John of Garland, to a literary curriculum as ‘masterpieces’ in their own right.

Keywords:   authors, maiores, minores, literary history, Latin poetry, poetic arts, literary curriculum, Registrum multorum auctorum, Hugh of Trimberg

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