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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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Henri d’Andeli, Bataille des VII ars, CA. 1230

Henri d’Andeli, Bataille des VII ars, CA. 1230

(p.706) Henri d’Andeli, Bataille des VII ars, CA. 1230
Medieval Grammar and Rhetoric
Rita Copeland, Ineke Sluiter
Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses Bataille des VII ars (Battle of the Seven Arts), a poem composed by Henri d'Andeli around 1230. Bataille des VII ars presents grammatical study as it was known at the Orleans cathedral school, renowned for teaching grammar as both language and literature and an ornate, literary approach to the ars dictaminis, along with the study of civil and canon law. The poem sets the grammatical tradition of Orleans against the dominance of Aristotelian logical studies at the University of Paris. It also denounces what it sees as a kind of ‘technocracy’ of logic that produces highly trained students who have not mastered the groundwork of grammar.

Keywords:   poem, Henri d'Andeli, Bataille des VII ars, Orleans cathedral school, grammar, ars dictaminis, canon law, University of Paris, logic

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