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Attributing Knowledge

  • Ane Ohrvik
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Abstract

Chapter 4 examines attributional practice in Black Books through the roles and functions of authorship. By identifying specific mediators in the texts, which serve different authorial purposes and can be viewed as authorial sources, Black Book authorship clearly points towards the legendary figure of Cyprian as the dominant and most important authorial source. Cyprian is placed at the top of the authorial hierarchy, embodying the greatest authority and impact on the authorisation of the Black Books, unlike his international counterparts. His authorial position is discussed in the light of his ambivalence as the number one symbol of the magus in the North, while at the same time representing Christian virtues earned through his battle with the Devil and conversion to Christianity.

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