Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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 Otia de Machomete
(784 words)

Verses on Muḥammad

Gautier de Compiègne

Date: Before about 1155

Original Language: Latin


This is a long poem (1,090 verses) narrating the life of ‘Machomes’ (Muḥammad), trickster, worker of bogus miracles, and false prophet of the Saracens. It is unclear what Gautier’s sources were; it is plausible that he knew and used Embrico of Mainz’s (q.v.) Vita Mahumeti, as G. Cambier argues, though Cambier’s argument is far from convincing. A number of the leg…

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Tolan, John, “ Otia de Machomete”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 21 January 2020 <>
First published online: 2010

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