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It was William of Tyre who wrote the history of the Latin East found in L'Estoire de Eracles. The chapters in all the manuscripts that contain the significant variants have been studied in detail in order to distinguish what is thought to be the original translation from late variations in the manuscript tradition. In addition, several of the early manuscripts, taking examples from each group, have been consulted in their entirety, and no significant alteration beyond what has been discussed was found. While it is hoped that this work provides a significant tool for historians using this text to study the history and literature of medieval Europe and the Latin East, a new critical edition of the entire text is required in order to finally establish the original text of the translation and to identify other variants buried within the manuscript tradition of the Eracles text.

Keywords: Eracles text; Latin east; manuscripts; medieval Europe; William of Tyre



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