Joseph of Exeter

Joseph of Exeter was a twelfth century Latin poet from Exeter, England. Around 1180, he left to study at Gueldres, where he began his lifelong friendship with Guibert, who later became Abbot of Florennes. Some of their correspondence still survives.

His most famous poem is "De bello Troiano" ("On the Trojan War") in six books, most of which was written before 1183, but which was finished after 1184. When his friend Baldwin, Archbishop of Canterbury, set off to the Holy Land on the Third Crusade, he persuaded Joseph to accompany him. After Baldwin's death in 1190, Joseph returned home. He immortalized the crusade in his poem "Antiocheis", of which only fragments survive.Mortimer, Richard "Angevin England 1154-1258" Oxford: Blackwell 1994 ISBN0-631-16388-3 p. 210] Several other poems, now lost, have been attributed to him, but there is no way of knowing if they were actually his work.



*Mortimer, Richard "Angevin England 1154-1258" Oxford: Blackwell 1994 ISBN0-631-16388-3
*Raby, F. J. E. "A History of Secular Latin Poetry in the Middle Ages" (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1934. ISBN 0-19-814325-7) vol. 2 pp. 132-137.

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