‘Et hoc considerat episcopus, ut ipsi presbyteri non sint idiothae’
Carolingian local correctio and an unknown priests’ exam from the early ninth century
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This chapter is about one priests' exam, which the author called the Dic mihi pro quid after its first words. It dates from the late eighth or early ninth century, and it was probably composed in the south of France. The chapter takes this text and its manuscript context as a starting point to explore a few aspects of Carolingian local correctio. First, it looks at the contents of the exam and the implications of the questions and answers for what was expected of priests, as well as the knowledge and education they presuppose. This leads, secondly, to a brief examination of two manuscripts in which the text has survived, for most of these are books once owned by priests or used in their education. At the end of the chapter there is a new critical edition of the text on the basis of its six Carolingian manuscripts.

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