Otia imperialia (Gervase of Tilbury)

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Otia imperialia (Gervase of Tilbury)

    Otia imperialia‘Recreation for an emperor’

    Gervase of Tilbury
    • Latin
    • prose
    • Anglo-Latin texts
    Encyclopaedic work written by the English jurist and cleric Gervase of Tilbury. It was dedicated to Emperor Otto IV and intended for his instruction and entertainment, although it is unclear if he ever heard or read the work. The work is divided into three books or decisiones: book I covers the early history of the world, from Creation onwards; book II offers a historical geography of the world (mappa mundi) and its provinces, with excursions on the Holy Land and the six ages of the world. While anecdotal material, including legends about marvels (mirabilia), is found throughout the first two books, book III is entirely devoted to marvellous phenomena.
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    Gervase of TilburyGervase of Tilbury
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    Language
    • Latin
    Date
    early 13th century
    Form
    prose (primary)

    Classification

    Anglo-Latin texts
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    [ed.] [tr.] Banks, S. E., and J. W. Binns, Gervase of Tilbury. Otia imperialia: Recreation for an emperor, Oxford Medieval Texts, Oxford: Clarendon Pres, 2002.
    [ed.] Liebrecht, Felix, Des Gervasius von Tilbury Otia imperialia: in einer Auswahl, Hannover: Carl Rümpler, 1856.
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    Banks, S. E., and J. W. Binns, Gervase of Tilbury. Otia imperialia: Recreation for an emperor, Oxford Medieval Texts, Oxford: Clarendon Pres, 2002.
    Liebrecht, Felix, Des Gervasius von Tilbury Otia imperialia: in einer Auswahl, Hannover: Carl Rümpler, 1856.
    HathiTrust: <link> Internet Archive: <link>

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