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In recent years there has been steady interest in a previously little-known medieval English author, Elias of Thriplow. Beryl Smalley was the first modern scholar to arouse such interest. In 1960 she published her English Friars and Antiquity in the Early Fourteenth Century. The only complete work of Elias that is known is his Serium Senectutis (“A Serious Work of Old Age”), probably written, as the title implies, in his more advanced years. Serium Senectutis is a dialogue between Elias and a man named Philip. Petronius Rediuiuus shares, with writings firmly by Elias of Thriplow, an interest in law and in teaching. Elias of Thriplow displays knowledge of Petronius, one of the most rarely used writers in the Middle Ages. This book brings together all the fragments of Elias of Thriplow to reveal a talented writer of a strange and intriguing style.

Keywords: Elias of Thriplow; Petronius Rediuiuus; Serium Senectutis



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