IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 1025: Latin Writings in Cultural Context, c. 800-1050

Wednesday 11 July 2007, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:John B. Dillon, Memorial Library, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Moderator/Chair:Sally N. Vaughn, Department of History, University of Houston, Texas
Paper 1025-aRethinking the Pseudo-Eligius Sermon Collection
(Language: English)
James McCune, Independent Scholar, London
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Language and Literature - Latin, Liturgy, Sermons and Preaching
Paper 1025-bWaltharius and Carolingian Morality: Irony and Lay Values
(Language: English)
Rachel Stone, School of History, Classics & Archaeology, Birkbeck College, University of London
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Lay Piety, Mentalities, Social History
Paper 1025-cThe Courtly Viking?: Some Thoughts about the Purpose of Dudo of Saint-Quentin's Chronicle
(Language: English)
Michael H. Gelting, Centre for Scandinavian Studies King's College University of Aberdeen 24 High Street OLD ABERDEEN AB24 3EB
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Mentalities, Social History

Paper a: Amongst the many neglected sermonaries produced during the Carolingian period, the collection of sixteen sermons known as Pseudo-Eligius can lay claim to being one of the least studied, save for two 19th-century articles. The aim of this paper is to disprove the attribution to St Eligius (d. 660) by offering a systematic analysis of the sources used to confect the sermons and comment on the author’s method of compilation as a manifestation of the Carolingian renaissance. I argue that it is only possible to date and localize the collection by thinking in terms of a more likely cultural milieu, both as regards the linguistic situation in the Carolingian Empire and the liturgical reforms effected by the Carolingian Church.
Paper b: The purpose of the 9th- or 10th-century Latin poem Waltharius has been questioned relatively recently. Dennis Kratz and others have argued that the poem is intended ironically, as a clerical condemnation of secular values. The paper aims to locate the behavioural norms of Waltharius within a Carolingian tradition of moralising on lay behaviour on topics such as kingship, lordship, avarice and sexual behaviour. It shows that Walter’s behaviour, in particular, would be regarded as entirely acceptable for a 9th-century noble layman and that the poem can therefore not be regarded as a critique of warrior culture.
Paper c: Historians have frequently quarried Dudo of Saint-Quentin’s chronicle of the early Norman dukes for specifically Norse elements. In this paper I intend to take the opposite tack, setting Dudo’s work squarely within the growth of schools and intellectual life in northwestern Europe in the early 11th century. Special focus will be placed on a comparison of Dudo’s depiction of the Norman dukes with the early models of ideal, ‘courtly’ manners, and attitudes that were becoming an increasingly powerful trend in the intellectual milieux of the day.