The Wandering Scholars
by Helen Waddell
ISBN 1150523328 (1-150-52332-8)
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Book summary: This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1873 edition. Excerpt: ...to authors, " First dine them well, and the feet of your friends will be loud upon the floor." It was a noble and costly act, he says simply, and brought back the authentic days of the old poets.6 And indeed Giraldus' conception of himself as the last of the humanists is very nearly justified. Vincent of Beauvais was strong on the necessity of grammar as a foundation, but divorced it from any serious study of the texts: the authors and the poets are a kind of added grace, " an appendix to the arts," and very pleasant if one has time for it. Vincent is a monument of patience and erudition, but there was one author whom he conspicuously had not had time for, or he would not have said that Petronius Arbiter was a good bishop of Bologna, who lived under Theodosius, and wrote the lives of the Desert Fathers.1 The imps who wait on mediaeval scholarship were busy that day. Grammar's foes were of her own household, " La perverse gent grammaire," says Henri d'Andely crossly, " such of them as are left in Paris, have given up Claudian and Persius, the best books they had: it is the collapse of all good antiquity." 2 La bone ancientez was further clouded: by the middle of the thirteenth century the Doctrinale by Alexandre de Ville-Dieu had supplanted Priscian, to the utter degradation of the poetic standard.3 For Priscian's closely-reasoned paragraphs were interrupted by strange lightnings, just as some of us who would be hard put to it to define metaphor and simile with the old glibness can still remember the unearthly glory of the " example," 1 Sermon by Guiard, Haurdau, Not. et Extr. vi. p. 226. 2 Roger Bacon, Opus tertium, p. 84 (ed. Brewer, Opera Inedita). 3 B.N. MS. Lat. 8653, f. 3, 50 w 4 Gem. Eccles. ii. 37. 5 Gir. Camb. De Rebus a se Gestis, ii. 16...
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