The Rebirth of Augustine

Eric Saak

in Creating Augustine

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199646388
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949960 | DOI:
The Rebirth of Augustine

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This chapter analyses the anonymous treatise Initium Ordinis Sancti Augustini, together with the works of Henry of Friemar, Nicolas of Alessandria, and Jordan of Quedlinburg to bring to light the recreation of Augustine’s biography in the context of the religio-politics of the Order of Hermits of St Augustine (OESA). These four authors were the architects of what can be called the ‘Myth of Augustine’, Augustine as the founding father of the OESA. Such an image of Augustine was needed in the Hermit’s political battles for custody of Augustine’s relics in Pavia, in which the Hermits argued for their priority over the Augustinian Canons as Augustine’s true sons and heirs.

Keywords: Augustine; Augustinian Canons; Augustinian Hermits; Henry of Friemar; Jordan of Quedlinburg; Myth of Augustine

Chapter.  9525 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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