"A splendid survey of Isidore’s legacy in early medieval Europe. ... the chapters furnish us with resourceful intellectual, cultural, and historical frameworks for thinking about Isidore, especially in terms of his usage and currency." - Eric Lacey and Simon Thomson, The Year's Work in English Studies, Volume 98, Issue 1, 2019
"This book gathers a very complete range of topics regarding Isidore in light of recent bibliography and research. It is, in short, a magnificent update for Isidorian studies of any kind." - Ana-Isabel Magallón, University of Zaragoza, Speculum 94/1 (January 2019)
"Anglophone scholars whose work involves Isidore (e.g. any Anglo-Saxonist) will find this volume useful for its insights into Isidore specifically and medieval transmission of knowledge more generally; its massive bibliographies will also prove invaluable to those for whom Isidore's work forms an important, if taken for granted, component of their own specialties." - Hilary E. Fox of Wayne State University
Isidore of Seville (560—636) was a crucial figure in the preservation and sharing of classical and early Christian knowledge. His compilations of the works of earlier authorities formed an essential part of monastic education for centuries. Due to the vast amount of information he gathered and its wide dissemination in the Middle Ages, Pope John Paul II even named Isidore the patron saint of the Internet in 1997. This volume represents a cross section of the various approaches scholars have taken toward Isidore’s writings. The essays explore his sources, how he selected and arranged them for posterity, and how his legacy was reflected in later generations’ work across the early medieval West. Rich in archival detail, this collection provides a wealth of interdisciplinary expertise on one of history’s greatest intellectuals.
Jamie Wood is Principal Lecturer in History at the University of Lincoln (UK). He works on the social and religious history of the late antique West, especially in the Iberian Peninsula and has published widely on the works of Isidore of Seville.
Andrew Fear is Lecturer in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Manchester and author of Rome and Baetica (Oxford, 1996), The Lives of the Visigothic Fathers (Liverpool, 1997) and Orosius: Seven Books of History against the Pagans (Liverpool, 2010).