Author Archives: Catherine Leglu

About Catherine Leglu

Catherine Leglu is Professor of French and Occitan Studies at the University of Reading.

Cleopatra and the line of the kings of Egypt

The beautiful image of Cleopatra as an African queen is probably the best-known detail of L’Abreujamen de las estorias. The image differs strongly from that of her counterpart in the Latin-language illustrated history known as the Compendium (known also as … Continue reading

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The Dominican connection : Bernard Gui

Is this a Franciscan work or a work that involved a Franciscan? One of the many sources of L’Abreujamen de las estorias was a famous visual representation of the kings of France, from a mythical foundation by exiled Trojans to … Continue reading

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The Angevin (dis)connection : Robert of Anjou, King of Naples

Shortly after the creation of L’Abreujamen de las estorias, Paolino Veneto was appointed bishop of Pozzuoli (near Naples) and became a prominent figure at the famous Neapolitan court of Robert of Anjou. He had probably already cultivated Robert’s patronage in … Continue reading

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British Library MS Add. 17920 : the other half of “L’Abreujamen de las estorias”

The rest of the codex produced in Avignon in the early 1320s survives in another manuscript, one that has no illustrations and that also made its way into the British Museum manuscripts collections in the 1840s. It was probably split … Continue reading

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Alexander the Great in “L’Abreujamen de las estorias”

The universal history attributed to Paolino Veneto contains fragments of a late antique work, Pompeius Trogus’s biography of Alexander the Great, as abbreviated by Justin (‘Epitoma historiarum Philippicarum’). This may be one of the earliest examples of a vernacular rendering … Continue reading

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Three articles in Electronic British Library Journal, 2013.

This project has its first outputs! We have a series of three in the 2013 issue of Electronic British Library Journal (eBLJ). Our thanks to the British Library, and above all to Barry Taylor, for making this possible. The journal … Continue reading

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Forthcoming articles

We are currently looking forward to the appearance of the first published outputs from our Levehulme Trust project, which ended in April 2013. These three interlinked articles are going to be published online in the ‘Electronic British Library Journal’. Articles: … Continue reading

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Italian Angevins

A brief notice about a very exciting and fruitful one-day conference, held at UCL, on June 5th 2013: “The Italian Angevins: Naples and Beyond”, organised by Ella Williams. Thank you to Ella, and please see her own online description of … Continue reading

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Peter Ricketts, BA, PhD, OBE.

Peter Ricketts, in many ways the instigator of our project, who had offered his advice and encouragement throughout, died in May 2013. Obituaries of Peter have been published on the following websites: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/staff/profiles/french/ricketts-peter.aspx http://www.aieo.org/aieo_nou.htm (The AIEO, Association internationale d’etudes occitanes, … Continue reading

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L’Abreujamens de las estorias and Time – conference paper

“L’Abreujamens de las estorias” and time: On June 27th, 2013, University of Reading GCMS Summer Symposium, organised by Lindy Grant, “Telling Time in the Middle Ages”, with papers on the medieval calendar (Anna Tarassenko, Anne Lawrence-Mathers), the astrolabe (Josephina Arribas … Continue reading

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