C. A. Jones et S. G. Bruce, The Relatio metrica de duobus ducibus

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Christopher A. Jones et Scott G. Bruce, The Relatio metrica de duobus ducibus. A Twelfth-Century Cluniac Poem on Prayer for the Dead, Turnhout, 2016.

Éditeur : Brepols
Collection : Publications of the Journal of Medieval Latin, 10
XI+216 pages
ISBN : 978-2-503-56827-0
85 €

The twelfth-century Latin poem called the Relatio metrica de duobus ducibus has never been edited or translated before. On its surface, the poem retells a popular exemplum about an encounter between two warring dukes and a mysterious army from heaven. While retelling the story in verse, however, the poet has greatly expanded his prose source, elaborating its teachings about the importance of intercessions for the dead and introducing wholly new emphases on knightly piety and the benefits of dying for a holy cause. The present book, which offers the first edition, translation, and analysis of the poem, situates the 827-line poem in its literary and historical contexts. The publication of the Relatio metrica should be of interest to scholars of medieval Latin poetry, Cluniac monasticism, and the spirituality of the Crusades.



Christopher A. Jones is Professor of English at Ohio State University. Scott G. Bruce is Professor of History at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Table of Contents

Preface and acknowledgments
Table of abbreviations


1. Abbot Maiolus and the Cult of the Dead at Cluny
2. The Latin prose exemplum of the two dukes
3. The manuscript of the Relatio metrica
4. Patterns in the poet's adaptations of the prose source
5. Versification and language
6. The poet's literary sources
7. The authorship of the Relatio metrica
8. Principles of the edition, translation, and commentary

Edition and Translation

Appendix: The Prose Relatio de duobus ducibus (long version)

Index of Latin words discussed in the introduction/commentary
Index of biblical passages cited
Index of ancient and medieval authors cited
General index


Source : Brepols