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Church and Cosmos in Early Ottonian Germany

Henry Mayr-Harting

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9780199210718
Published online January 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780191705755 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199210718.001.0001
Church and Cosmos in Early Ottonian Germany

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Integrating the brilliant biography of Bruno, Archbishop of Cologne (953-65) and brother of Emperor Otto I, written by the otherwise obscure monk Ruotger, with the intellectual culture of Cologne Cathedral, this book provides a study of actual politics in conjunction with Ottonian ruler ethic. Our knowledge of Cologne intellectual activity in the period, apart from Ruotger, must be pieced together mainly from marginal annotations and glosses in surviving Cologne manuscripts, showing how and with what concerns some of the most important books of the Latin West were read in Bruno's and Ruotger's Cologne. These include Pope Gregory the Great's Letters, Prudentius's Psychomachia, Boethius's Arithmetic, and Martianus Capella's Marriage of Philology and Mercury. The writing in the margins of the manuscripts, besides enlarging our picture of thinking in Cologne in itself, can be drawn into comparison with the outlook of Ruotger. Exploring how distinctive Cologne was, compared with other centres, this book brings out an unexpectedly strong thread of Platonism in the 10th-century intellect. The book includes a critical edition of probably the earliest surviving, and hitherto unpublished, set of glosses to Boethius's Arithmetic, with an extensive study of their content.

Keywords: Bruno; Archbishop of Cologne; Ruotger; Cologne Cathedral; Germany; Pope Gregory the Great; Letters; Orudentius; Psychomachia; Boethius

Book.  336 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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Bruno of Cologne and Ruotger's <i>Life of Bruno</i> in Church and Cosmos in Early Ottonian Germany

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Methods of This Study in Church and Cosmos in Early Ottonian Germany

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Ruotger, Bruno, and the Fathers in Church and Cosmos in Early Ottonian Germany

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Prudentius in Church and Cosmos in Early Ottonian Germany

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The Liberal Arts at Cologne in Church and Cosmos in Early Ottonian Germany

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Cologne and Martianus Capella in Church and Cosmos in Early Ottonian Germany

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