Peter Comestor

(d. 1178)

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(d. 1178/9),

biblical scholar. He became dean of the cathedral at Troyes in 1147 and by 1168 was also chancellor of Notre-Dame; he retained both offices when he retired to the Victorine house in Paris towards the end of his life. His best-known work, the Historia Scholastica, is a continuous history from the Creation to the Ascension; it uses the works of the Fathers and pagan authors to fill the gaps in the biblical narrative.

Subjects: Christianity.

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