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Victorine Restoration
Essays on Hugh of St Victor, Richard of St Victor, and Thomas Gallus

R. Porwoll, D. Orsbon (eds.)
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376 p., 15 b/w ill. + 2 colour ill., 4 b/w tables, 156 x 234 mm, 2021
ISBN: 978-2-503-58513-0
Languages: English
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Gathering the fruits of a recent renaissance in scholarship, this volume will serve an important function for readers interested in Victorine studies

The Victorines were scholars and teachers of philosophy, liberal arts, sacred scripture, music, and contemplation at the Abbey of Saint-Victor in Paris. This collection focuses on the three greatest Victorines: Hugh (d. 1141), who established the direction of the school; Richard (d. 1173), who developed Victorine contemplation; and Thomas Gallus (d. 1246), who culminated Victorine contemplative thought and transmitted it to other schools, especially the Franciscans. They offer an innovative revival of the Christian spiritual and intellectual tradition for their reforming pastoral mission in their urban setting and for the Church.

Their contemporaries saw the Victorines as beacons of spiritual love and intellectual richness. Later reformers and thinkers held their writings as touchstones of contemplative love, including, for example, Bonaventure, Thomas Aquinas, Jean Gerson, Thomas à Kempis, the Devotio Moderna, and many others. The writings of the Victorines found broad appeal among later medieval readers, as well as praise among early modern reformers, Protestant and Catholic alike. In recent decades, the Victorines have returned to scholarly attention and renewed appreciation. Scholarly studies, critical editions, and translation projects reveal the treasures of Victorine thought and spirituality.

This volume showcases the findings of recent research and scholarly advances in Victorine studies, offering new readers a status quaestionis of the field. It also features new research by eminent experts in Victorine thought that points out promising directions for future research, thus offering important new findings for established specialists.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements, List of Illustrations, List of Abbreviations

Introduction: Regular Canons, Restoration, and Reform — ROBERT J PORWOLL


A Trinitarian Introduction to Hugh of St Victor’s Exegesis: Texts, Purpose, Reception— ANDREW BENJAMIN SALZMANN

The Sacraments of Christian Faith: A Key Concept within Hugh of St Victor’s Doctrine — RAINER BERNDT (TRANSLATED BY JONATHAN S KING)

‘In Its Extraordinary Arrangement’: Hugh of Saint Victor, the History of Salvation, and the World Map of The Mystic Ark— CONRAD RUDOLPH

Hugh’s Commentary on the Celestial Hierarchy— DOMINIQUE POIREL (TRANSLATED BY DAVID ALLISON ORSBON)


‘After the Manner of a Contemplative, According to the Nature of Contemplation': Richard of Saint-Victor’s De contemplatione— INEKE VAN’T SPIJKER

Restoration Through Experiential Exegesis: A Study of Richard of Saint-Victor’s Benjamin Minor— DAVID ALLISON ORSBON

From Triad to Trinity: Richard of St Victor and the Renaissance of Trinitarian Theology in the Twelfth and Twentieth Century— NICO DEN BOK

Free and Abundant Love: Constructive Considerations on the Four Degrees of Violent Love— KYLE RADER

Thomas Gallus

Thomas Gallus: Dionysian Commentator and Spiritual Author— CSABA NÉMETH

Thomas Gallus’ Explanatio and Dionysian Thought— KATHERINE WRISLEY SHELBY




Interest Classification:
Religion (including History of Religion) & Theology
Judaeo-Christian Bible : texts criticism & exegesis
Christian Church : religious orders
Orders of canons regular
Christian Theology & Theologians
Early Medieval (c. 650-1200)
Scholastic (c. 1200-1500)

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