The Five Books of the Histories and The Life of St. William by John France, Neithard Bulst, Paul Reynolds

By John France, Neithard Bulst, Paul Reynolds

The monk Rodulfus Glaber is better identified for his 5 Books of the Histories, an incredible resource of data on occasions within the first half the eleventh century and the existence and regarded an 11th-century monk. This version, the 1st due to the fact 1866, provides the single severe textual content of the Histories besides an entire translation and entire old remark. together with shiny bills of the millennium, real and fake relics, church development, and visions of saints and demons, this version additionally comprises Glaber's lifetime of his mentor, St. William of Dijon, the popular monastic reformer.

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Oria /vlartvrum, ed. and tr. I I. L. Bordier (Paris, r857), pp. ~~)' Boil. , i. 1)2-J. i) 5· i. I. INTRODUCTION: HISTORICAL not release all souls, according to the Gospel, and points out that such manifestations must be regarded with care. Since the unnamed monk is apparently partly seduced by the demon, and made the subject of this theological exhortation, the whole passage is hardly flattering to him. Precisely the same story features in the Visio, where the central figure is Odo, abbot of Saint-Germaind'Auxerre (1032-52), whom Glaber never names in his work.

6 In Books 3 and 4 he refers to the writing of the Life ofSt William as something in the past. 7 We cannot be certain when the first two chapters of Book 3 were completed, though Glaber might have been told by St William about the events in Italy recounted in chapter i, and this could have formed an element of the 'greater part' of the work which had been completed at the time of the vision of the saint. However, the bulk of Book 3 was written at Auxerre after c. 1036 or I037· Because he was writing at that time he was unable to break off the story of the struggles of Robert 11 and his sons and their conflict with the house ofBlois at a time appropriate to Book 3· This, and the fact of the millennium of the Passion of 1033, impelled him to begin a new fourth book.

Xxii-xxiii. On the structure of Book z see above, pp. xxxix-xl. ' Flodoard, pp. 14-15; and cf. below, 1. i. 5· 6 I. i. 5· 1 1 · 4 SOURCES AND REFERENCES xlvii well informed about the house ofBlois, it is possible that this may be a family story. Glaber's work does bear some resemblance to the Chronicle of Adhemar of Chabannes at a number of points; but it is unlikely that this is due to direct borrowing or a common source. Since Adhemar died in ro33 he could hardly have used Glaber's work, but it is possible that Glaber used his, or that both used some unknown common source.

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