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The Gloss was used by different people in different ways, at different times and in different places. The small number of extant manuscripts dating to before 1140 suggests that the use of the Gloss at this stage in its history was confined to Anselm and members of his close circle. In this chapter, the author examines a number of the most important use of these twelfth- and thirteenth-century exegetes and theologians, to see what one can tell about how they used the Gloss. The chapter has concentrated determinedly on sketching an outline of how the Gloss was used by masters in and around the secular schools and Mendicant studia of Paris. Although they were not the Gloss's first constituency, they were its essential users for at least the first century of its existence.

Keywords: extant manuscripts; Gloss's use; theologians



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