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The Eracles text has received comparatively little consideration from historians. This is due to the fact that the translation is close to William's Latin, and historians of the Latin East generally consult the Latin text rather than use the French translation. Historians have so far only made preliminary comparative studies between William's Latin text and the Old French translation of his work. The lack of a systematic study of the texts of the Eracles leaves historians reliant on the nineteenth-century printed editions. Since the extent to which these editions accurately represent the original Old French translation has yet to be explicated, any analysis based on the printed versions of the text cannot be deemed to be reliable. Redressing this lack of certainty in the scholarship is the aim of the present work and makes a significant contribution to the study of William of Tyre's Historia and its reception.

Keywords: Eracles; Latin text; old French translation; scholarship; William Tyr's Historia



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