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Vincent of Beauvais

Vincent of Beauvais (bōvāˈ), c.1190–c.1264, French Dominican friar. He was the author of three of the four parts of the Speculum majus, of great value as a summary of the knowledge of his time. The part entitled “Morals” is of unknown authorship, but is not by him. The three parts written by him are entitled “Nature,” “Instruction,” and “History.” In “Nature,” the order followed is that of the six days of creation described in Genesis. “Instruction” ranges from the liberal arts to the mechanical arts. The “History” epitomizes the story of man since Adam as it was understood by 13th-century scholars.


See A. Gabriel, The Educational Ideas of Vincent of Beauvais (2d ed. 1962).

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Baudouin van den Abeele, 'Vincent de Beauvais naturaliste: les
(23) A case of mislocation by association is found in E 82=To Appendix V, set in Canterbury in the CSM and in an unnamed Carthusian monastery in its textual source, Vincent de Beauvais. The explanation seems to lie in the fact that the miracles flanking it in Vincent (used as E85 and E288) are both set in England, and the last in Canterbury itself.
Voorbij, 'Une liste des manuscripts du Speculum Historiale de Vincent de Beauvais', Scriptorium, xli/2 (19870, 286-94.
Les titres des chapitres du Speculum naturale de Vincent de Beauvais," analyzes the use of titles and rubrics in the Speculum naturale.
His most important work, Spieghel historiael ("Mirror of History"), was an adaptation (with additions of his own) of Vincent de Beauvais's Speculum historiale, begun about 1282 and completed after his death by Philippe Utenbroeke and Lodewijk van Velthem.
Brief extracts from Vincent de Beauvais's Speculum doctrinale (1260) and Aquinas's preface to his Expositio of Aristotle's Posterior Analytics (1270) are represented but again in too small a sample for the doctrines to become clear and the texts to have any genuine impact on the novice reader.