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Pseudo-Apocryphal Dialogue As A Tool For The Memorization Of Scholastic Wisdom: The Farewell Of Christ To Mary And The Liber De Vita Christi By Jacobus

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One of the most popular and widespread branches of late medieval literatures is the retelling of Christ's Passion. On the basis of a manuscript in Brno, which also refers to the tradition as coming from Jacobus apostolus, Vladislav Dokoupil writes in the catalogue of the collection that Jacobus is probably identical with Jacobus de Voragine, the famous compiler of the Legenda Aurea. This chapter concludes that the mysterious Liber de Vita Christi attributed by Michael of Massa to the otherwise unknown Jacobus, who in the later manuscript tradition was identified with the Apostle James, Brother of the Lord, is not a real apocryphon, nor a medieval echo of some ancient traditions, nor even a medieval fake or a quasi-apocryphal work, but only a shining example of the tricky and long-lasting literary device of memorization: the pseudo-apocryphal dialogue.

Keywords: Jacobus Apostolus; Liber De Vita Christi; memorization; pseudo-apocryphal dialogue



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