Isidore of Seville and his Reception in the Early Middle Ages
Isidore of Seville and his Reception in the Early Middle Ages
Transmitting and Transforming Knowledge
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Preface Paul Fouracre, University of Manchester Chapter 1: Introduction Andrew Fear and Jamie Wood A Family Affair: Leander, Isidore, and the Legacy of Gregory the Great in Spain Dr Jamie Wood, University of Lincoln Variations on a Theme: Isidore and Pliny on Human and Human-Instigated Anomaly Mary Beagon Putting the Pieces back Together: Isidore and De Natura Rerum Dr Andrew Fear, University of Manchester The Politics of History-Writing: Problematizing the Historiographical Origins of Isidore of Seville in Early Medieval Hispania Dr Michael Kelly, University of Leeds Isidorian Texts in Seventy-Century Ireland Marina Smyth, University of Notre Dame Isidore of Seville in Anglo-Saxon England: The Synonyma as a Source of Felix?s Vita S. Guthlaci Claudia Di Sciacca, University of Udine Hispania et Italia: Paul the Deacon, Isidore, and the Lombards Dr Christopher Heath, University of Manchester Rylands MS Latin 12: A Carolingian Example of Isidore?s Reception into the Patristic Canon Melissa Markauskas, University of Manchester Adoption, Adaption, and Authority: The Use of Isidore in the Opus Caroli Laura Carlson

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"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

Jamie Wood, Andy Fear (eds)

Isidore of Seville and his Reception in the Early Middle Ages

Transmitting and Transforming Knowledge

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

Jamie Wood is Professor of History and Education at the University of Lincoln. He has published extensively on Isidore of Seville’s historiography, bishops in Visigothic Hispania, and the social functions of violence. His current project explores political, economic, and religious connections between the Iberian Peninsula and the Byzantine world in late antiquity.

Andy Fear

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).