Peter of Blois

(c. 1127—1212) letter writer and ecclesiastic

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Archdeacon of Bath and important Angevin intellectual. Educated at schools in Tours, Paris, and Bologna, Peter taught in Sicily and in Paris before joining the household of Richard, archbishop of Canterbury, in 1174. He served intermittently in the court of Henry II, became archdeacon of Bath in 1182, and participated in the Third Crusade. Peter’s large collections of his own letters, already famous in the 12th century, reflect his training in classical literature, theology, and Roman law; he also wrote sermons and short treatises on many subjects. More than 50 sophisticated Latin lyrics, some of them erotic, have been tentatively assigned to Peter, though his authorship is contested.

From The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

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