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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The first sixteen love poems of the Arundel Lyrics, often attributed to Peter of Blois, begin by celebrating the favour of Venus towards lovers.
The Clerical Dilemma: Peter of Blois and Literate Culture in the Twelfth Century.
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Moreover, in its attempt to treat such diverse texts the book at times reads somewhat like a catalog (for example, in chapter 8 where Schafer rehearses the development of Marian traditions in the Eastern and Western Churches, Peter Damian, Herman of Tournay, Bernard of Clairvaux, Godfrey of Admont, Hildegard of Bingen, and Peter of Blois).
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Perhaps surprisingly Peter of Blois is used for twelve entries, Peter Lombard for only one; William of Nottingham (whom James copied) for two, but William of St Amour for three.
A decade after her first engagement with the lyrics of Peter of Blois in The Virgin and the Nightingale: Medieval Latin Poems (Newcastle upon Tyne, 1983), she finds the challenge of responding to technical virtuosity once again irresistible.
Other contributions by Willemien Otten and Jason Taliadoros, on Creation and Peter of Blois respectively, round out the volume and add to the sense that this is an intriguing collage of approaches.
See also Peter of Blois, Libellus de arte dictandi rhetorice line 1083.