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A Classicising Friar At Work John Of Wales Breviloquium De Virtutibus

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The general aim of this chapter is to provide a detailed description of the work and its structure, which may for the time being compensate for the lack of a modern critical edition. Due to that, Beryl Smalley could describe John of Wales as a new Valerius Maximus, brought up to date, vastly elaborated and expanded, and argue that it was in fact John of Wales who made Valerius Maximus popular to medieval readers. The most remarkable feature of his work - and probably one of the reasons for its popularity - is the fact that he gave detailed source references, usually to the author and title of the work (as he knew it), often to the book and sometimes even to the chapter of the work which he quotes.

Keywords: article; John of Wales; medieval readers; Valerius Maximus



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