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The Rubrics

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Although both of the nineteenth-century printed editions contain a complete set of rubrics for the Eracles text, the original translation of William's work does not appear to have had any. Of the thirteenth-century manuscripts, only three-F31, F35, and F70-contain rubrics; they are more commonly found in the fifteenth-century manuscripts and some of those from the fourteenth century. This chapter provides is a list of rubrics in the manuscripts for the sample chapters with comparisons in the two printed editions. The scribe of F74 left spaces for rubrics in the first 13 books, but they were not copied. Once again it is clear that the editors of the RHC used manuscripts other than the four identified in their preface. It is clear that the rubrics were not part of the original translation, and it would seem were introduced after various continuations were added to William's text.

Keywords: Eracles text; manuscripts; RHC; rubrics; William's text



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