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Isidore of Seville (c.560–636)

Edited by Dinah Birch and Katy Hooper

in The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature

Fourth edition

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199608218
Published online May 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191744556
Isidore of Seville (c.560–636)

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Archbishop of Seville and enormously influential through his Etymologiae, the earliest medieval encyclopedia in twenty books, which argues that the natures of things can be derived from their names. This work was an authority until at least the 14th century....

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