Peter of Blois


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Peter of Blois

(blwä), 1135?–1203?, French writer. He was educated in law and theology. From 1167 to 1169 he was tutor to King William II of Sicily. He went (c.1173) to England, where he served Henry II and the archbishop of Canterbury in secretarial and diplomatic capacities. He was later secretary to Henry II's widow, Eleanor of Aquitaine. Much of his historically invaluable correspondence survives.
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Wollin, to be of undoubted authenticity (being attributed to Peter of Blois in the manuscripts or included among Peter's letters) as well as those contained among the Carmina Burana and in the Arundel Collection, but also those of uncertain authenticity, as for example those in the so-called Sammlung X, a hypothetical collection of medieval Latin lyrics from which the compilers of a number of medieval anthologies, including that contained in Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS 228, drew one or more poems.
See also Peter of Blois, Libellus de arte dictandi rhetorice line 1083.
Southern and Elizabeth Revell have recently insisted on the historicity of a second Peter of Blois (R.