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The style of "historia calamitatum": A preliminary test of the authenticity of the correspondence attributed to Abelard and Heloise

Benton, John F. and Prosperetti Ecroli, Fiorella (1975) The style of "historia calamitatum": A preliminary test of the authenticity of the correspondence attributed to Abelard and Heloise. Viator: Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 6 . pp. 59-86. ISSN 0083-5897.

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In 1972 at the International Colloquium on Peter Abelard and Peter the Venerable held at the abbey of Cluny, Professor Jacques Monfrin called for a study of the correspondence of Abelard and Heloise which would make use of machine-readable texts and recently developed techniques for computer-assisted tests of authenticity and the attribution of authorship. This paper is not a response to that request for a full-scale investigation of the correspondence, for it is based on conventional hand counting of only a few words and constructions. Instead, this is a modest preliminary study to test the validity of earlier statements about the style of the correspondence and its authorship, to attempt to determine whether a computer-assisted investigation would be worth the cost and effort, and to consider how such a study might best be undertaken.

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Additional Information:© 1975 University of California Press. The authors are grateful to the California Institute of Technology for financial support for the preparation of this paper and to Dr. Andrea Prosperetti for technical assistance and encouragement. A condensed version was presented at the Ninth Conference on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo, Michigan on 9 May 1974; we appreciate the criticism and advice of members of that audience and of many others. Formerly SSWP 44.
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