Princeton University Library Catalog

Fruits of learning : the transfer of encyclopaedic knowledge in the early Middle Ages / edited by Rolf H. Bremmer Jr and Kees Dekker.

  • Leuven ; Paris ; Bristol, CT : Peeters, 2016.
  • ©2016
409 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
  • Mediaevalia Groningana ; new ser., v. 21. [More in this series]
  • Storehouses of Wholesome Learning (Project) (Series) ; 4. [More in this series]
  • Storehouses of wholesome learning ; 4
  • Mediaevalia Groningana ; new series, volume 21
Summary note:
Encyclopaedic knowledge - factual knowledge of the divine and human worlds - had profound effects on intellectual activities in the early Middle Ages and its aftermath. Authors and scribes were raised in an intellectual and didactic tradition in which the acquisition and development of encyclopaedic knowledge was highly valued. Their concern with the elementary aspects of time, language, world history, God's creation and the Bible informed their activities as compilers of manuscripts or as producers of texts. They reaped the fruits of the learning that had grown over the centuries, digested them, or discarded them, or caused them to re-emerge after a long period of time and be used for purposes quite different from those for which they had originally been cultivated. The varieties of such fruit are as diverse as encyclopaedic learning itself, involving musicology, epistolography, liturgy, the study of grammar, codicology, the establishment of reading programmes, the writing of history and, perhaps most prominently, the compilation and promulgation of glosses and glossaries - one of the most essential disciplines in early medieval learning. The present volume casts light on the way in which encyclopaedic knowledge came to fruition in the ever expanding and diversifying world of medieval learning. Resulting from the fourth workshop in the 'Storehouses of Wholesome Learning' project, it builds on the foundations laid by its predecessors. The contributors discuss the influence of encyclopaedic knowledge in their respective fields of expertise. Their generous responses have provided a rich palette of new insights into medieval intellectual culture. Their articles deepen our understanding of medieval learning in its ability to instrumentalise the knowledge inherited from the classical world in the creation of new cultures of wisdom.
Fourth and final volume of the project, "Storehouses of Wholesome Learning"; from the fourth workshop, held in Palermo in 2009.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
In English.
  • 9789042933378 ((pbk.))
  • 9042933372
Related name:
Other views:
Staff view