The University of Kansas Libraries
Peter Riga (ca. 1140-1209), Aurora, Southern France, ca. 1205.
Peter Riga was born in Rheims, France, in about 1140 and has no connection with the city on the Baltic Sea. He studied at the University of Paris in the 1160s and is known for a number of works comprising religious poetry. Peter's great masterwork, completed at the end of his life, was the Aurora, a versification of the principle books of the Bible. The Aurora was immensely popular and was quoted by medieval writers such as Chaucer and Gower. After Peter's death, Egidius (Giles) of Paris added further verses to the text which are clearly marked in the margins of this manuscript.
University of Kansas, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, Department of Special Collections, MS C195