He Darkens Me with Brightness: The Theology of Pseudo-Dionysius in Hilduin's Vita of Saint Denis

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Abstract

In the 9th century Hilduin of Saint Denis wrote two lives of Saint Denis for Louis the Pious, one in prose and one in poetry. These lives, predominantly the prose, were partially a collage of two previous lives and other documents to which Hilduin had access, including the works of Pseudo-Dionysius, which Hilduin first translated for the West. Hilduin displays particular originality as a hagiographer by giving us a synopsis and some commentary upon the Pseudo-Dionysian opus. By examining the first portion of the vita, which includes the nine chapters dedicated to the writings of the saint, one can begin to examine how Hilduin understand Pseudo-Dionysian theology and its impact upon the entire vita.

Religion and Theology

A Journal of Contemporary Religious Discourse

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