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Western Medieval Manuscripts : Collection of letters in Greek

Western Medieval Manuscripts

<p style='text-align: justify;'> The manuscript contains a <i>Collection of letters in Greek</i> written by individuals who lived between the end of the 16th century and the beginning of the 17th. Sixteen of the letters are from the Orthodox Greek theologian Metrophanes Kritopoulos (1589-1639), who was later to become Patriarch of Alexandria. A monk on Mount Athos, he was sent to the West by the later Ecumenical Patriarch Kyril Loukaris (1572-1638); he studied in Oxford in the years 1617-1624. The letters contained in the manuscript date from this period and are addressed to English scholars, such as Andrew Downes (ca. 1549-1628), classical scholar, fellow of St John's College, Cambridge, and Patrick Young (1584-1652), Scottish chaplain of All Souls’ College in Oxford and later royal librarian. </p><p style='text-align: justify;'> Along with Kritopoulos' letters, the manuscript contains ten letters from the French classical scholar Isaac Casaubon (1559-1614). The letters date to the years between 1591 and 1614; they are addressed, inter alia, to the French theologian Denis Pétau (1583-1652), and to English scholars, such as the aforementioned Andrew Downes, and Hugh Broughton (1549-1612), fellow of St John's College, Cambridge.</p>

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