Francis J. Carmody (essay date July 1936)
SOURCE: Carmody, Francis J. “Latin Sources of Brunetto Latini's World History.” Speculum 11, no. 3 (July 1936): 359-70.
[In the following essay, Carmody surveys the source texts of Brunetto's The Book of the Treasure, regarding the work as an excellent example of thirteenth-century scholarship despite certain corruptions in the sources used.]
Originality or artistry in an encyclopaedia are likely to defeat the purpose of science, which seeks accuracy, simplicity, and convenience. These last virtues are those of Vincent's Speculum Naturale and of Brunetto Latini's Trésor (1268 a.d.),1 at least in accordance with thirteenth-century...
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