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C. A. Jones, S. G. Bruce
The Relatio metrica de duobus ducibus
A Twelfth-Century Cluniac Poem on Prayer for the Dead

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XI+216 p., 4 b/w tables, 178 x 254 mm, 2016
ISBN: 978-2-503-56827-0
Languages: English, Latin
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The first edition and translation of a fascinating Latin poem on the cult of the dead at twelfth-century Cluny.
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

Introduction

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
Commentary

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

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

Review

“The dual-language edition with introduction and commentary is an unrivaled medium for the presentation of Medieval Latin texts, and it is to be hoped that many more studies of this sort will be forthcoming in the Publications of the Journal of Medieval Latin.” (Justin Lake, in The Medieval Review, 22/06/2017)

Interest Classification:
Religion (including History of Religion) & Theology
Christian Church : religious orders
Classics, Ancient History, Oriental Studies
Latin literature
Medieval Latin literature

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