Realistic Writing in the Tenth Century: Gerhard of Augsburg’s <i>Vita S. Uodalrici</i>

Walter Berschin

in Aspects of the Language of Latin Prose

Published by British Academy

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780197263327
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734168 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Realistic Writing in the Tenth Century: Gerhard of Augsburg’s Vita S. Uodalrici

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This chapter draws attention to a work that stands outside the sphere of Saxony and the Ottonian court: the Vita S. Uodalrici by Gerhard of Augsburg (composed 982×993). This work has come down in twenty-five medieval manuscripts, two of which are preserved in Oxford. Gerhard, the biographer of Ulrich, was a priest of the bishopric of Augsburg and seems to have belonged to the household of Ulrich during the last twenty years of Ulrich’s bishopric. His vocabulary is limited. Gerhard’s Vita S. Uodalrici consists of 23,103 words (not including names and numbers), but only 2,742 different lexical items are found within it. It was criticized for its mass of barbarous names and its realism within ten or fifteen years of its publication.

Keywords: Gerhard; Augsburg; Vita S. Uodalrici; medieval manuscripts; bishopric

Chapter.  3082 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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