Book Series Instrumenta Patristica et Mediaevalia, vol. 85

Litterarum dulces fructus

Studies in Early Medieval Latin Culture in Honour of Michael W. Herren for his 80th Birthday

Scott Bruce (ed)

  • Pages: 511 p.
  • Size:156 x 234 mm
  • Illustrations:18 b/w, 1 col.
  • Language(s):English, German
  • Publication Year:2021

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-58976-3
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Litterarum dulces fructus presents studies about medieval languages and literature in northern Europe in late antiquity and the Middle Ages.


"'The sweet fruits of literature' is truly an appropriate description both of the works of Michael Herren and for the volume at hand that honors his work. The list of Herren’s work in the Appendix demonstrates his commitment to the study of the Latin literature of the Middle Ages. The essays in the book renew that commitment with close readings of late antique and early medieval texts. The analysis of and the reminder of the importance of texts is perhaps one of the greatest contributions this volume makes to the discipline more widely." (Nikolas O. Hoel, in The Medieval Review, 11.02.2023)

“The volume as a whole is very much reflective of the scholar it honors. It demonstrates the great value of examining Latin literature and reintroduces readers to texts that they might have forgotten about or never were exposed to. The methods and the topics here will serve future scholars well. Yet, in the end, the volume is a memorial to what Bruce calls, in the opening appreciation, “a spark of inspiration kindled” by Herren’s insights and scholarship, and that comes through clearly in all of the contributions.“ (Nikolas O. Hoel, in The Medieval Review, 11/02/2023)



Scott G. Bruce is professor of medieval history at Fordham University in the Bronx, New York.


Drawing inspiration from the scholarship of Professor Michael Herren, founding editor of The Journal of Medieval Latin, this florilegium of studies advances our understanding of the dynamics of Latin and vernacular literature and learning in the early medieval world.  Taken together, the papers gathered in this volume cast light on authors, poets, glossators, and compilers at work as they grappled with linguistic and literary ambitions and challenges, while negotiating their use of ancient authorities to address contemporary concerns.


Scott G. Bruce (Fordham University), “Michael W. Herren: An Appreciation”

Alexander Andrée (University of Toronto), “Ad utrumque paratus: The Medieval Latinist and the Classical Tradition”

Walter Berschin (Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg), “Iohannes Scottus Eriugena, Honorius Augustodunensis und die karolingisch-neuplatonische Naturphilosophie im Bild (Paris, BNF Latin 6734)”

Scott G. Bruce (Fordham University), “The Redemption of Flavius Josephus in the Medieval Latin Tradition

Brigitte Bulitta (Sächsische Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig), “Ein Heiliger als furcifer: Zur Glossierung von latineisch glisis durch frühmittelhochdeutsch ouenkere in einem Fuldaer Handschriftenfragment der Vita Wilhelmini confessoris aus dem 12. Jahrhundert”

Carmen Cardelle de Hartmann (Universität Zürich), “The Whole and Parts of Adhelm’s De metris et enigmatibus ac pedum regulis (Epistola ad Acircium)

Scott Gwara (University of South Carolina), “Pioneer Connoisseurship in Upper Canada: Henry Scadding’s 1901 Bequest of Early Manuscripts at the University of Toronto in 1901”

Justin Haynes (Georgetown University), “Roger Bacon’s Reading of Aethicus Ister in His Opus Maius

Michael Lapidge (University of Cambridge), “Poetic Compounds in Late Latin and Early Medieval Latin Verse (300-900)”

Patrizia Lendinara (University of Palermo), “Medieval Versifications of Lists of Animal Sounds”

Tristan Major (Qatar University), “The Number Seventy-Two in Early Anglo-Latin Literature”

Haruko Momma (New York University)
            “‘Element by Element’: Glosses, Loan Translations, and Lexical Enrichment in Old English.”

Joseph Falaky Nagy (Harvard University), “A Future for the Beholder’s Eye”

Sinead O’Sullivan (Queen’s University Belfast), “The Practice of ‘Alignment’ in Medieval Ireland”

Jennifer Reid (University of Winnipeg), “Patrick and Social Identity at the End of Roman Britain”

Peter Stotz † (University of Zurich), “Iam satis blando satiate Iusu: Eine bisher unbekannte Ode eines Humanisten auf die Jungfrau Maria”

Mariken Teeuwen (Utrecht University), “I2’s Interest in Music: Two Manuscripts that Witness His Knowledge and Scholarship”

Benjamin Wheaton (University of Toronto at Mississauga), “Nicetius of Trier’s Letter to Justinian and the Aphthartodocetic Controversy”

Dylan Wilkerson (University of Toronto), “Filologos ration<is> uel uerbi amatores: Interpretive Strategies of a Medieval Philologist Preserved in the Corpus Glossary”