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The Translator

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This chapter aims to identify within the Eracles information that can shed light on the identity of the translator. The general consensus shared by nineteenth-century editors was that the translation of William of Tyre was the work of Bernard, the treasurer of the Abbey of Corbie, who was believed also to have produced some of the continuations of the text up to 1190. In addition to an interest in the Augustinian canons, and being competent enough with Latin to be able to translate William's text, the translator was able to name books from which William took quotes and was able to provide references of his own. The fact that all of his ecclesiastical additions refer to Augustinian canons, or to churches under their control, suggest he himself was an Augustinian canon.

Keywords: Augustinian canons; ecclesiastical additions; Latin; translator; William of Tyre

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