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Title: Virtues, vices, and Venice : studies on Henry of Rimini, O.P.
Author: Siddons, Hilary Anne
ISNI:       0000 0001 3408 8539
Awarding Body: University of London
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2000
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The Dominican Henry of Rimini (fl. c. 1300) is almost exclusively known for his praise of Venice and its ideal mixed constitution. But he is also the author of treatises both on the virtues and the vices, and as such his work provides an opportunity of examining the nature of this literary genre at a particular historical moment, that is, after Aquinas's assimilation of Aristotelian thought into the older moral tradition. After reconstructing Henry's life and works from the available information in chapter one, therefore, the thesis examines these two treatises, first the Tractatus de septem uitiis capitalibus, and secondly the longer and more successful Liber de quatuor uirtutibus cardinalibus. Chapter two contains an edition of this treatise on the vices, which is preceded by an introduction illustrating its place in the history of the genre. Chapter three considers the treatise on the four virtues, initially from the point of view of its manuscript tradition, with descriptions of the 23 manuscripts in which it is contained and a detailed discussion of its historical diffusion. This can be considered the preparatory work for a critical edition of the text, and also a study of the work's reception in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. This is followed by a consideration of the nature of the work itself, its function and structure, and an account of its contents with relation to its major source, Aquinas' Summa theologiae. The thesis closes with a conclusion highlighting the important modifications which Henry makes with respect to his major source, and the principal lines of the reception of his work.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Literature