chapter  4
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A New Candidate for Authorship of the Speculum

It is not impossible that Jacobus the theorist could have retired to Liège to write his great work. But it is nevertheless a leap to infer that he must therefore have originated there or, indeed, from Mons in Hainaut. Recent work has not questioned the hypothesis that he was of northern origin; it is that presumption which is challenged by new evidence.