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IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 1517: New or Neglected Sources and their Influences, I

Thursday 16 July 2009, 09.00-10.30

Moderator/Chair:Robert E. Bjork, Arizona Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Arizona State University
Paper 1517-aSalvation and Damnation in the Dialogues of Solomon and Saturn
(Language: English)
Daniel Anlezark,
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Philosophy, Theology
Paper 1517-bTextual Transmission in the Popular Polemic Works of Alfonso Buenhombre
(Language: English)
Jonathan Thurn, Department of History, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Language and Literature - Latin, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Sermons and Preaching

This session draws together papers dealing with sources either newly discovered or that have not had their fair share of attention, and especially with regard to how they draw on non-canonical authorities.

Paper -b:
The Dialogues of Solomon and Saturn appearing in the mid 10th-century MS Cambridge Corpus Christi College 422 are among the most obscure texts to survive in Old English. They have long been read as representing the influence of apocryphal Oriental legends. More recent scholarship has established the influence of a range of Irish sources. I argue that the poem Solomon and Saturn II reveals an interest in, and the influence of, the thought of the most unorthodox scholar of the 9th century, John Scotus Eriugena, condemned in the later Middle Ages as a heretic.

Paper -c:
Medieval scholars have written much concerning the development and dissemination of Christian polemic literature composed for the theological elite. Works destined for more popular audiences have received comparatively little attention. The wide geographic and numerical extent of surviving 'popular' polemic manuscripts causes extreme difficulty to researchers striving to understand the selection of some works to be transmitted over others. This paper seeks to understand textual transmission methods of 14th-century, popular, Christian polemic literature using the anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim writings of Alfonso Buenhombre, a Spanish Dominican. These works, the Libellus Rabbi Samuelis and the Disputatio Abutalib, scribes distributed separately among English, French, Iberian, Italian, and Germanic lands over the 14th- and 15th-centuries.