A compelling study of a "best-seller" from the Middle Ages.
Secretum Secretorum was purported to be an extended letter of advice sent by Aristotle to Alexander the Great while he was campaigning in Persia. The title and the two famous names made the work irresistible for medieval readers, says Williams in his 1991 doctoral dissertation (no institution noted)
The contents and the formation of the Secret of secrets -- John of Seville and the introduction of the Secret of secrets to the West -- Philip of Tripoli and the complete translation of the Secret of secrets -- From the Holy Land to Europe : the first stage of circulation -- Textual history and the myth of an official expurgation -- The scholarly reception of the Secret of secrets. Part 1: Success -- The scholarly reception of the Secret of secrets. Part 2: The limits of success -- Conclusion -- Appendix1: John of Seville's prologue to the Epistola -- Appendix 2: Philip of Tripoli's prologue to the Secret of secrets -- Appendix 3: Manuscripts of the Secret of secrets to circa 1325 -- Appendix 4: commentaries -- Appendix 5: Early printings of the Latin Secret of secrets.