Herbert Herbert, Le Roman de Dolopathos

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Le Roman de Dolopathos

is an early thirteenth-century Old French romance which represents the sole known literary output of a figure who names himself as Herbert. Very little is known about Herbert: he may have been a monk, a secular cleric, a courtier or tutor to the young Louis VIII, to whom his romance is dedicated. Composed in octosyllablic couplets, the

Dolopathos

translates, adapts, and versifies

De rege et septem sapientibus

, a Latin prose text produced by the Cistercian monk Jean de Haute-Seille between 1184 and 1212 in the region of Lorraine, a part of the Holy Roman Empire at the time. Jean’s

Dolopathos

was also transformed into Middle High German, as attested by a now fragmentary copy in Universitätsbibliothek Leipzig, MS. 1279.

The Old French Dolopathos is set during the

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Citation: Chandramohan, Ramani. "Le Roman de Dolopathos". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 27 September 2023 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=41172, accessed 26 February 2024.]

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