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Causes and Cures of Hildegard of Bingen By Priscilla Throop
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Hildegard of Bingen's medical/visionary work, Causae et Curae,describes the world and man's place in it. Holistic medicine and quantum physics intertwine astoundingly in this 12th century work,... More > translated completely, from Latin to English, by Priscilla Throop, translator of Hildegard's Physica,Isidore's Etymologies, Abelard's Sic et Non and Aelfric's Grammar and Glossary.< Less
Hincmar of Rheims: On Kingship, Divorce, Virtues and Vices By Priscilla Throop
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Hincmar, 9th century archbishop of Rheims, advises Carolingian rulers, Charles the Bald and Carloman, on kingship, the running of the kingdom, and virtues to be cultivated and vices to be avoided. At... More > the request of the leaders of the realm when Lothar II wishes to repudiate his wife and return to the concubine he had had before his marriage, he formulates guidelines for divorce, which later were made part of canon law.< Less
Isidore of Seville's Etymologies: Complete English Translation, Volume 2 By Priscilla Throop
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Volume two of Isidore of Seville's Etymologies, books XI-XX plus Index of Latin words.
Isidore of Seville's Etymologies: Complete English Translation, Volume I By Priscilla Throop
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This "encyclopedia" by the seventh century bishop of Seville, an important source for the history of intellectual culture in the early middle ages, gathers together the elements of secular... More > learning and adds a great deal of ecclesiastical information. Its wide use in medieval education is attested by the more than a thousand extant manuscripts, second only to the number of manuscripts of the Bible.Isidore sets out the etymology or "true meaning" of words - to him, the fundamental means to all knowledge.< Less
Saxon Holy Women in Carolingian Times By Priscilla Throop
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English translation of the Latin VITAE ('Lives') of Queen Matilda (wife of Henry the Fowler and mother of the emperor Otto I), Hathumoda (Abbess of Gandersheim), and Liutberga (an anchoress at... More > Wendhausen), three influential women in 9th and 10th century Saxony.< Less
The Life of Saint Gall By Priscilla Throop
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The Life of Saint Gall, written by Wettin of Reichenau, tells of his journey from Ireland with Saint Columbanus and his settlement in what is now Switzerland.
Alcuin By Priscilla Throop
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The LIFE of Alcuin of York, head of Charlemagne's Palace School at Aachen, written by an anonymous monk; Alcuin's treatise ON VIRTUES AND VICES, written as a handbook for Wido, Commander of the... More > Breton March; and the DIALOGUE between ALCUIN and PEPIN, son of Charlemagne< Less
Hrabanus Maurus: De Universo Volume One By Priscilla Throop
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Hrabanus Maurus' DE UNIVERSO is based on Isidore of Seville's ETYMOLOGIES, with added allegorical explanation: "What do we take as 'gold',except the genius of a bright intellect? What is 'fine... More > gold',except a mind,heated with the fire of love? It always preserves the brightness of beauty, with ardor renewed daily. It does not know how to grow old through listlessness, and always endeavors to start new work. Holy people do not 'count their strength as gold' since, as much as they shine with genius, they think they are nothing by their own power. While they are vigorously able to understand all things, they first desire to understand themselves (just as the light of genius, like that of the sun, shines first on the place where it rises, and later, proceeding, spreads to other places). They desire self-understanding, lest in straining to recognize others, they do not know themselves, and it grows dark where the sun’s ray arises."< Less
Hrabanus Maurus: De Universo Volume Two By Priscilla Throop
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Volume two of Hrabanus Maurus' encyclopedic DE UNIVERSO, a work which adds typological, historical and mystical interpretation of scripture to selections of Isidore's ETYMOLOGIES. As stated in the... More > preface to the anonymous 12th century ALLEGORIAE, a work formerly attributed to Hrabanus: "Whoever wishes to attain knowledge of holy scripture, should carefully consider when its narration is composed historically, when allegorically, when analogically, and when tropologically. We call these four ways of understanding the four daughters of mother Wisdom. We are not able to come close to an inquiry of wisdom, without first recognizing these". Much of Hrabanus’ exegesis is taken directly from Augustine, Jerome, Bede, Origen, Eusebius, and Gregory the Great, and this compendium (from a variety of his previous works) is intended as a ready reference work.< Less
Isidore of Seville's ETYMOLOGIES By Priscilla Throop
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This encyclopedic work of the seventh century bishop of Seville is an important source for the history of intellectual culture in the early middle ages.