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Corpus Christianorum
Lisiardus, Hariulfus
Vitae, Miracula, Translatio et alia Hagiographica sancti Arnulphi episcopi Suessionensis

R.I.A. Nip (ed.)
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LXXIV+356 p., 155 x 245 mm, 2015
ISBN: 978-2-503-05301-1
Languages: Latin, English
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The hagiographers Lisiard and Hariulf pictured St Arnulf, Bishop of Soissons and supposed founder of the Abbey of Oudenburg in Flanders (d. 1087), as a peacemaker. During his life, the holy man fell victim to the struggle for power between secular and ecclesiastical princes. Also Lisiard and Hariulf witnessed a great deal of violence as the result of the Investiture Controversy and communal revolts. Shortly after St Arnulf’s death, Lisiard started to compose the saint’s Life, which Hariulf adapted in the first decades of the twelfth century. Both worked together to achieve his canonization, which was realized in 1121. This volume makes available some important narrative sources for the history of Flanders and Northern France in the eleventh and twelfth century. In particular, these present an interesting insight into ideas on power and violence in theory and practice. Besides, the texts in a modern edition provide the means of enlarging our understanding of hagiographic methods.

Until her retirement in 2014, Renée Nip was a Lecturer in Medieval History at the University of Groningen (The Netherlands). She has published widely on the historiography and hagiography of the Low Countries, especially Flanders. Her studies on the hagiographic sources with regard to St Arnulf of Oudenburg and his cult are the basis of this volume. Also, she has participated in the construction of the database The Narrative Sources from the Medieval Low Countries ( Her recent publications concern the medieval history of the north-east of the Netherlands, and religious-cultural history in particular.


"Un modèle d'édition critique." (D. Misonne, dans: Revue bénédictine, 2015/2, p. 455)

"This reviewer has no specific remarks to make on the edition itself, which, as to be expected, is exemplary in both presentation and contents." (Steven Vanderputten, in The Medieval Review 16.02.03)

«La présentation très claire du dossier et les belles éditions qui ont tenu compte des textes versifiés si souvent négligés par les historiens, ont enfin rendu accessibles des sources importantes pour l’histoire de la Flandre. Une concordance qui met en parallèle les deux premières Vies, des notes, un index des noms et des lieux ainsi qu’un registre des passages bibliques cités devraient satisfaire tous les historiens et philologues qui ont recours à ce livre. Espérons qu’ils seront nombreux à s’en inspirer pour d’autres présentations de textes hagiographiques ou pour utiliser les éditions dans leurs travaux sur la Flandre et le nord de la France.» (Klaus Krönert, dans Francia-Recensio, 2, 2016)

"Neben dem historischen Wert der Texte, die um die Gestalt des hl. Arnulf entstanden sind, weisen sie philologische und literarische Besonderheiten auf, die einerweiteren Untersuchung wert wären. Dank der neuen Edition, die das gesamte Corpus trotz aller Monenda gut lesbar aufbereitet hat, ist dies nun möglich." (Mechthild Pörnbacher, in: Editionen in der Kritik, 9 [Berliner Beiträge zur Editionswissenschaft, 17], 2017, p. 137-139)

« En somme, R. N. livre ici l’édition critique de référence d’un dossier hagiographique complexe. Son travail de longue haleine remplace définitivement des éditions antérieures. » (Nicolas Ruffini-Ronzani, dans de la Revue d’Histoire Ecclésiastique, 3-4, 2018, p. 982)

Series Branch:
Corpus Christianorum
Corpus Christianorum Medieval Latin Series
Corpus Christianorum Continuatio Mediaevalis
Interest Classification:
Religion (including History of Religion) & Theology
Christian devotion & forms of religious expression
Hagiographical writings & the cult of saints
Classics, Ancient History, Oriental Studies
Latin literature
Medieval Latin literature
Medieval & Renaissance History (c.400-1500)
Medieval European history (400-1500) : genres & specific topics
Historiography (historical writings in the period)
Medieval European history (400-1500) : local & regional history
Low Countries

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