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 Legende Doree
(50 Lives from The Golden Legend)

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 The Golden Legend was written in Latin around 1260 by Jacobus de Voragine, the Dominican archbishop of Genoa. The text was quickly translated into many vernacular languages, including French. It is not clear where the translation found in this manuscript was made; however, the manuscript was copied in Genoa a mere thirty years after the text was originally composed. Because Jacobus continued to add to the work throughout his life, further research on the version contained in this manuscript may suggest whether this translation was made in northern Italy, or whether the text had circulated to another region to be translated there and return to Genoa.


Tours, Bibliotheque Municiplae, MS 1008



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