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The <i>Religio Augustini</i>

Eric Saak

in Creating Augustine

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199646388
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949960 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199646388.003.0006
The Religio Augustini

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This chapter details the religious identity of the OESA, based on the imitation of Augustine and following the religio Augustini. It examines how the Hermits sought to embody Augustine as the rule and exemplar of their every action, thus giving evidence of the religionization process in the later Middle Ages. The works of Henry of Friemar and Jordan of Quedlinburg come to the fore, espeically Jordan’s Liber Vitasfratrum, which was intended to serve as a mirror for members of the OESA to determine the extent of their ‘being’ Augustinians. The new appropriation of Augustine evidenced in the 1320s and 1330s served not only as the catalyst for the Augustinian Renaissance, but also as the hermeneutical principle of the religio Augustini, which provided the historical referent for the term ‘Augustinianism’ in the later Middle Ages.

Keywords: Augustine; Augustinian Hermits; Augustinian Renaissance; Augustinianism; hermeneutics; Henry of Friemar; Jordan of Quedlinburg; religio Augustini; religionization; religious identity

Chapter.  11102 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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