Abstract

The nineteenth-century fascination with publishing medieval French texts inspired several hoaxes. The most interesting of the fakers was Charles-Joseph Richelet (1804–1850). He alternated between hoaxes and authentic texts, and—without really trying—sowed enormous confusion along the way, even managing to infect dictionaries of Old French down to the 1970s. The article concludes with the first complete bibliography of Richelet’s true and false medieval French publications; the rare first state of one of the pamphlets is described here for the first time.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1744-8581
Print ISSN
0024-2160
Pages
pp. 162-178
Launched on MUSE
2015-07-02
Open Access
No
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