Volume 29, Issue 1
  • ISSN 0925-4757
  • E-ISSN: 1569-9951
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Like other contemporary encyclopaedists of his time, Thomas of Cantimpré (1200 ca.–1270/72) used a vast number of sources in his (completed between 1241 and 1260 ca.), which he meticulously selected to copy, cut and ‘paste’ in order to create a solid, well-argued, coherent and ‘Dominican’ discourse on nature. Among these , the friar also uses a mysterious and anonymous , which he qualifies as “liber rerum,” in his work. Consequently, the paper explains this through a careful consideration of all the objective aspects that can be acquired from the . Secondly, the work shows how the anonymous source was Thomas’ privileged vehicle through which to introduce in his encyclopaedia ‘alternative’ information borrowed from non-canonical sources (direct observations, personal experiences, etc.). The analysis therefore identifies the particular textual typology of the anonymous , while also demonstrating how the friar of Cantimpré was a curious and actual on nature, observing everyday reality and thereby distinguishing himself from his contemporary .


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