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Les croniques de Nicolas Trivet

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England, 1490/1510
“Les croniques de Nicolas Trivet.” In Polyglot compendium of English chronicles
Cambridge, MA, Harvard University, Houghton Library, MS Eng 750

 

Background: 

Nicholas Trivet (also spelled as “Nicolas” and “Trevet”) was an English Dominican friar and scholar, active in the late 13th and early 14th century, author of a large number of theological and historical works. He studied at Oxford and in Paris.

Les Croniques is one of several Anglo-Norman chronicles Trivet wrote for his patroness, Princess Mary of Woodstock, a nun at Amesbury. It contains the tale of Constance, the source of Chaucer’s Man of Law’s Tale. The manuscript copy of Trivet’s text reproduced here is the only French-language text found in the Polyglot Compendium of English Chronicles, a compilation dating from the turn of the sixteenth century, held in the collection of the Houghton Library. For a list of the other texts included, see the Houghton catalog entry.

- Caroline Prud’Homme

 

Bibliography: 

- Barefield, Laura. “Lineage and Women's Patronage: Mary of Woodstock and Nicholas Trevet's Les Cronicles.” Medieval Feminist Forum 33 (2002): 21-30.
- Correale, Robert M. “Chaucer's Manuscript of Nicholas Trevet's Les Cronicles.” The Chaucer Review: A Journal of Medieval Studies and Literary Criticism 25, no. 3 (1991): 238-65.
- Petersen, Kate O. “Chaucer and Trivet.” PMLA 18, no. 2 (1903): 173–93.