A Companion to Isidore of Seville presents nineteen chapters from leading international scholars on Isidore of Seville (d. 636), the most prominent bishop of the Visigothic kingdom in Hispania in the seventh century and one of the most prolific authors of early medieval western Europe.
Introductory studies establish the political, religious and familial contexts in which Isidore operated, his key works are then analysed in detail, as are some of the main themes that run throughout his corpus. Isidore's influence extended across the entire Middle Ages and into the early modern period in fields such as church governance and pastoral care, theology, grammar, science, history-writing, and linguistics – all topics that are explored in the volume.
Contributors: Graham Barrett, Winston Black, José Carracedo Fraga, Santiago Castellanos, Pedro Castillo Maldonado, Jacques Elfassi, Andrew Fear, Amy Fuller, Raúl González Salinero, Jeremy Lawrance, Céline Martin, Thomas O'Loughlin, Martin J. Ryan, Sinéad O'Sullivan, Mark Lewis Tizzoni, Purificación Ubric Rabaneda, Faith Wallis, Immo Warntjes, and Jamie Wood.
Dr Jamie Wood, Ph.D. (Manchester), is Associate Professor in History at the University of Lincoln (UK). He has published widely on late antique and early medieval Iberia, including The Politics of Identity in Visigothic Spain (Brill, 2012).
Dr Andrew Fear, D.Phil., is a Lecturer in Ancient History at University of Manchester (UK). He has published a translation of Orosius's Seven Books of History against the Pagans (Translated Texts for Historians, University of Liverpool Press) and was joint editor, with Jamie Wood, of Isidore of Seville and his Reception in the Early Middle Ages (Amsterdam University Press, 2016).
“The Companion offers an excellent introduction to Isidore and his works that is accessible, informative, and stimulating for newcomers and experts alike […] Like Isidore himself, the Companion’s essays gloss and interpret rather than simply transmit, guiding readers through existing scholarship while advancing new observations and indicating promising avenues of research.”
Molly Lester, United States Naval Academy. In: Speculum, Vol. 96, No. 2 (April 2021), pp. 494–496.
“Both the fact that over 1,000 of Isidore's manuscripts survive to this day and the impeccable scholarship of this companion's essays attest to Isidore's influence on the medieval Christian tradition. Each essay is further supplemented by an excellent accompanying bibliography. Although interested readers should approach this volume with a good deal of familiarity with early medieval history, it is an important contribution to the period sometimes (unjustly) labeled the ‘Dark Ages.’”
P. A. Streveler, emeritus, West Chester University of Pennsylvania. In: Choice Reviews, Vol. 57 No. 10 (June 2020).
List of Figures
Part 1: Isidore’s Contexts
Andrew Fear and Jamie Wood
2Isidore of Seville: Historical Contexts
3God’s Librarian: Isidore of Seville and His Literary Agenda
4Leander of Seville and his influence on Isidore of Seville
Purificación Ubric Rabaneda
Part 2: Themes in Isidore’s Works
5Isidore of Seville as a Theologian
6Isidore of Seville as an Historian
7Isidore of Seville and Science
8Isidore of Seville as a Grammarian
José Carracedo Fraga
9Isidore of Seville and the Etymologies Jacques Elfassi
10Isidore of Seville’s Theories and Practices of Pastoral Care and Church Organization
11Living a Christian Life: Isidore of Seville on Monasticism, Teaching, and Learning
Pedro Castillo Maldonado
12Isidore of Seville on Law and Kingship
13Confronting the Other: Isidore of Seville on Pagans, Romans, Barbarians, Heretics, and Jews
Raúl González Salinero
Part 3: Transmission and Reception of Isidore’s Work and Thought
14Isidore of Seville’s Early Influence and Dissemination (636–711)
Mark Lewis Tizzoni
15Isidore amongst the Islands: The Reception and Use of Isidore of Seville in Britain and Ireland in the Early Middle Ages
Martin J. Ryan
16Isidore of Seville and the Formation of Medieval Computus
17Isidore in the Carolingian and Ottonian Worlds: Encyclopaedism and Etymology, c. 800–1050
18Isidore of Seville in Scholastic Europe
19Isidore of Seville in the Renaissance (1500–1700): The Role of Golden Age Spain
20Archiving Idolatry: Isidore of Seville and the Recording of Native Superstition in the New World
All interested in Isidore of Seville, Visigothic Iberia, those working on late antique and early medieval intellectual culture more generally (especially in the Iberian Peninsula), and anyone studying the transmission of Isidore's works in the later medieval and early modern periods.