The Encyclopedist Vincent of Beauvais and His Mongol Extracts From John of Plano Carpini and Simon of Saint-QuentinArticle author queryguzman gg [Google Scholar]

Speculum 49 (2):287-307 (1974)
In the mid-thirteenth century, the Dominican scholastic Vincent of Beauvais compiled a staggering compendium or summa known as the Speculum Maius. This large encyclopedia mirrors the culture of thirteenth century society as it records a general overview of the knowledge available to medieval man. The influence and popularity of the Speculum Maius can be determined from the numerous extant manuscripts, excerpts, epitomes, reworkings, borrowings, and from the fact that the whole or parts of it were translated into French, Catalan, Spanish, Dutch, and German. Its popularity continued into the Renaissance as the entire encyclopedia was printed at least three times in the fifteenth century, once in the sixteenth, and once in the seventeenth. Unfortunately, the Speculum Maius has not been published since the latter date. { event.preventDefault(); })
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