A Companion to Isidore of Seville


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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.

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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
  Santiago Castellanos

 3God’s Librarian: Isidore of Seville and His Literary Agenda
  Graham Barrett

 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
  Thomas O’Loughlin

 6Isidore of Seville as an Historian
  Jamie Wood

 7Isidore of Seville and Science
  Faith Wallis

 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
  Céline Martin

 11Living a Christian Life: Isidore of Seville on Monasticism, Teaching, and Learning
  Pedro Castillo Maldonado

 12Isidore of Seville on Law and Kingship
  Andrew Fear

 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
  Immo Warntjes

 17Isidore in the Carolingian and Ottonian Worlds: Encyclopaedism and Etymology, c. 800–1050
  Sinéad O’Sullivan

 18Isidore of Seville in Scholastic Europe
  Winston Black

 19Isidore of Seville in the Renaissance (1500–1700): The Role of Golden Age Spain
  Jeremy Lawrance

 20Archiving Idolatry: Isidore of Seville and the Recording of Native Superstition in the New World
  Amy Fuller

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.
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