Die rhythmischen Martinsschriften Guiberts von Gembloux (BHL 5636 / 5637)


Martin of Tours is one of the most popular saints of the Middle Ages and, accordingly, his hagiographical afterlife is tremendously rich. In the twelfth century, Martinian studies flourished again and Guibert Martin of Gembloux († 1213) was an outstanding collector of ancient and modern material about his favourite patron, which he used as a basis for various works of his own. In the centre of this biographical and didactical project Guibert placed two rhythmical poems, which he dedicated to the life of Martin (Libellus panegericus) and an impressive series of his venerators (Libellus de specialibus piissimi patroni veneratoribus). In this book Peter Orth provides the first critical edition of both poems with about 12,000 rhythmical lines, together with an introduction, commentary and indices.
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Biographical Note

Peter Orth, Ph.D. (1992), was appointed Professor for Medieval Latin Philology at the University of Cologne in 2006. His main research areas are Medieval Latin poetry, epistolography, crusade literature, the history of Latin prosody and grammar in the medieval and early modern periods, as well as Latin palaeography and editorial technique.

Table of contents

Vorwort vii
Die Martinsschriften Guiberts von Gembloux 3
1 Guibert von Gembloux als Verehrer Martins von Tours 3
Die beiden Studienreisen nach Tours 5
2 Die Martinsschriften Guiberts 9
Martin von Tours in der lateinischen Literatur des 12.
Jahrhunderts 9
Die Chronologie der Martinsschriften Guiberts 11
Transformationen: Guiberts rhythmische Martinsschriften, das
Briefkorpus und die Prosavita 13
3 Die rhythmischen Libelli 16
Der Aufbau der Libelli 16
Der Aufbau des Libellus de specialibus piissimi patroni
veneratoribus 21
Die Quellen der Libelli 25
Réécriture und Understatement: Guiberts poetische Technik 29
Guiberts Intentionen: Bischofsspiegel und
Frömmigkeitszeugnis 31
4 Die handschriftliche Überlieferung der rhythmischen Libelli 32
5 Editionsprinzipien 35
1 Libellus panegericus in sanctum Martinum 39
2 Kleinere Texte 153
Invectio in diabolum 153
Vorrede zu den Oratiunculae 162
Oratiunculae 163
3 Libellus de specialibus piissimi patroni veneratoribus 166
vi inhaltsverzeichnis
Bibliographie 259
Index nominum et verborum memorabilium 267
Index locorum 278


All interested in hagiography and medieval Latin poetry, and anyone concerned with the cult and literary afterlife of Martin of Tours.


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