Book Series Victorine Texts in Translation, vol. 1

Trinity and Creation

A Selection of Works of Hugh, Richard, and Adam of St Victor

Boyd Taylor Coolman, Dale M. Coulter

  • Pages: 428 p.
  • Size:152 x 229 mm
  • Illustrations:1 col.
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2010

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-53458-9
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"The translation of the clear and often elegant Latin of the Victorines does the original justice. The footnoting is sound on cross-referencing within the translated texts and on spiritual and other sources." (G. R. Evans, in: The Journal of Theological Studies, 61, 2010, p. **)

"L'ensemble offre aux lecteurs de langue anglaise un excellent ouvrage, grâce à l'élégante fidélité des traductions, la clarté sythétique des introductions et la richesse bien informée de l'annotation." (D. Poirel, in: Revue d'histoire ecclésiastique, 106, 2011, p. 667)

"Auf jeden Fall sei allen Beteiligten herzlich gedankt für diese fundierte Hilfe auf dem weg zu einer moernen und wissenschaftlich abgesicherten Hinführung zum Denken des frühen Mittelalters." (Rainer Berndt, in: Archa Verbi, Vol. 10 (2014), p. 220-221)


The Trinity and Creation are central themes in the theology of the Augustinian Canons of the Abbey of St Victor during its time of greatest flourishing in the twelfth century.  In this volume, three of the most important Victorine theological works are introduced and completely translated into English for the first time: On the Three Days, by Hugh of St. Victor (d. 1141), a lyrical yet philosophical study of how the power, wisdom, and goodness of God can be known from the things God has made; Hugh’s Sentences on Divinity, lecture notes which show how  the divine ideas (“primordial causes”) serve God  in creation; and On the Trinity, by Richard of St. Victor (d. 1173), one of the enduring classics of Christian theology, which analyzes the Trinity in terms of love. Also included are two of Adam of St. Victor’s sequences in praise of the Trinity.

This volume is edited by Boyd Taylor Coolman (PhD, Notre Dame University; Theology Dept. Boston College), author of The Theology of Hugh of St. Victor: An Interpretation (2010), and Dale M. Coulter (DPhil, Oxford; School of Divinity, Regent University), author of Per Visibilia ad Invisibilia: Theological Method in Richard of St. Victor (d. 1173) (2006).