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Pages 231-233. Sur une page de Jonas D'Orléans(De Insitutitione Laicali 1, 1)
Sur une page de Jonas D'Orléans(De Insitutitione Laicali 1, 1)
SUR UNE PAGE DE JONAS D’ORLÉANS (DE INSTITUTIONE LAICALI 1, 1)1
Neil Adkin University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The De institutione laicali of Jonah of Orleans, gubernatorial grand fromage under Louis the Pious, is a seminal Fürstenspiegel that addresses the ticklish question whether the lewd (< laicus) can be oxymoronically pi. This opus aureum (so d’Achery) has now received the critical edition that is its aureate due2. The second paragraph of Jonah’s own preface (ll. 28-32 D.) points out that this work makes substantial use of scripture and the Fathers. The correct identification of these references is accordingly very important. “La page” at issue in the present note would appear to indicate that Dubreucq’s recherche de sources is as open to censure as her traduction.
“La page en question” is the end of the first chapter of the first book of this first of Jonah’s works (p. 148 D.). In the penultima-
1 The title of this note is an echo of Y.-M. Duval, “Sur une page de s. Cyprien chez s. Ambroise (Hexameron 6, 8, 47 et De habitu virginum 15-17”, REAug 16 (1970) 25-34, where the issue is likewise Quellenforschung. The present note is a petit hommage to this distinguished and recently deceased colleague, who devoted a contrastively grand ouvrage to the Orleanian Jonah’s Ninevan eponym: Le livre de Jonas dans la littérature chrétienne grecque et latine, 2 vols., Paris 1973.
2 O. Dubreucq, Jonas d’Orléans: Instruction des laïcs 1-2, Paris (Sources Chrét. 549-50) 2012-13. On this pair of volumes cf. the review by the present writer, forthcoming in Latomus, where the sole concern is with mistranslations due to Dubreucq’s failure to appreciate Jonah’s rhetorical aureation.
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