In the past decade, a significant body of research has asserted the anonymous Homiliary of Angers, a collection best preserved in Angers, Bibliothèque municipale, 236, as an important source for religious exposition and pastoral care for the laity as well as priests from the late 9th century on. To date, however, little and only sporadic work has addressed the contents of the collection. Employing theoretical frameworks on everyday life, this paper will treat the homiliary as a work that disseminated knowledge and shaped individual experience. As a collection of Sunday lessons covering the church year, the collection intimates the types of social relations and intellectual learning of both the observant layperson and the clergy.
The codex Stadtbibliothek Leipzig, Rep. I,74 contains some of the poems of Paulus Diaconus, most of them epigraphical ones. Along with Paulus’ poems, the manuscript comprises a selection of several other authors. The authors of those poems reach from Ovid and Martial to other Carolingian scribes than Paulus. In my paper, I attempt to outline which criteria might have been decisive for the selection of the anthology in general and for the selection of Paulus’s pieces of poetry in particular. Moreover, I will discuss how the joint transmission of the poems influences the interpretation of Paulus’s poems.
It has long been presumed that Sententiarum libri V, the only surviving work of Taius (600-683), Bishop of Zaragoza, is a mere florilegium of the writings of Gregory the Great and Augustine of Hippo. Though this work exhibits the rubristic tendency of Isidore in its recourse to taxonomy as a sine qua non, Taius’ classification by subject effectively models the accretional nature of Early Medieval/Late Classical Christian doctrine by abstracting concepts from the prevailing eponymy latent in contemporaneous writings about the Church Fathers and codifying the resultant admixture. As such, Sententiarum libri V represents the first attempt at a systematic theology in Western Christianity and forms the basis for a narratological study of the subject (as well as Aquinas’ later quintessence of the form).