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Estoire de l’Evangile (Dublin: Christ Church Cathedral, MS. C6.1.1)

The Estoire de l’Evangile offers a life of Christ, ‘sa vie e sa doctrine, ses miracles, sa Passion, sa Resurection e sa Assencion’. The author of the Estoire deeply comprehends the drama of the Gospels, rendering their substance forcefully, faithfully and with admirable dramatic skill. An important and heretofore overlooked witness in the gospel harmony tradition, Estoire offers a few readings that may echo the earliest Diatessarons. Meanwhile, all evidence points to the conclusion that the Estoire de l’Evangile is the long-sought ‘Old French’ exemplar of the well known Pepysian Gospel Harmony (Cambridge: Magdalene College, MS. Pepys 2498).

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