Book Series Studia Traditionis Theologiae, vol. 59

Hildebert of Lavardin

The Gods Have Faces

The Biblical Epigrams and Short Poems of Hildebert of Lavardin

Marc Wolterbeek

  • Pages: approx. 344 p.
  • Size:156 x 234 mm
  • Illustrations:10 col.
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2024


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This collection of Hildebert's biblical epigrams and short poems introduces English-speaking readers to the best works of this neglected poet and places them in the context of his life and literary career.

BIO

Marc Wolterbeek is Professor Emeritus of Notre Dame de Namur University, wheret he taught English and Latin and chaired the English Department for over three decades. He holds a PhD in comparative literature and medieval studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and he has written a book, Comic Tales of the Middle Ages, authored a number of articles, and delivered numerous papers on medieval literature and sequential art.

Summary

Hildebert of Lavardin is one of the great poets of the Middle Ages, praised for his elegant style by his contemporaries and by modern scholars alike. He occupies a seminal position in the revival of learning in the late Middle Ages known as the Twelfth Century Renaissance, and his mastery of classical Latin style was so refined that some of his works were long considered products of Antiquity. This collection of Hildebert's biblical epigrams and short poems introduces English-speaking readers to the best works of this neglected poet and places them in the context of his life and literary career. The translations attempt to bring the reader as close as possible to experiencing these poems in their original Latin while still being readable and comprehensible, facilitated by notes and commentary. Hildebert's poetry is sometimes challenging, dense and complicated, yet his rhetoric is often beautiful, even magnificent.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction

Biblical Epigrams

The Short Poems (Carmina Minora)

Appendix I: List of Manuscripts Containing Hildebert's Biblical Epigrams

Appendix II: List of Manuscripts Containing Hildebert's Short Poems

Appendix III: Photographs of Selected Manuscripts

Bibliography

Index