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The Interlocutors

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This chapter examines the presentation of authoritative and subordinate figures in the prosimetra individually, and considers what they imply about pedagogy and about authority in a broader sense. The least problematic interaction between authority-figures and the authorial persona occurs in Adelards De eodem et diverso. It is likely that Hildeberts Querimonia predates Adelards De eodem et diverso by a few years. Given that both men had academic ties to Tours, it is even possible that the two crossed paths at some point in the late eleventh or very early twelfth-century. The text ends with the quoted poem, unifying the voices of the interlocutors in a way that recalls the ending of Boethiuss Consolation, but without the satisfying conviction that the conversation has resolved the original problem. Personifications of less-than-impeccable appearance come on the scene early in the Cosmographia and the De planctu Naturae as well.

Keywords: Adelards De eodem et diverso; Hildeberts Querimonia; interlocutors; twelfth-century prosimetra



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