Fortune and misfortune at Saint Gall = Casus sancti Galli / Ekkehard IV ; translated by Emily Albu and Natalia Lozovsky.

Ekkehard IV, approximately 980-approximately 1060 [Browse]
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  • English
  • Latin
Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2021.
xxxviii, 506 pages ; 21 cm.


Summary note
"The stories recounted by Ekkehard IV in his Fortune and Misfortune at Saint Gall (Casus sancti Galli) have given shape and color to much of what we know about medieval monks and the wider world beyond their monastery. In his preface, Ekkehard stated that he would record "fortunate and unfortunate events that happened at the monastery of Saint Gall and Saint Otmar," repeating the words fortunia et infortunia three times in the same introductory passage. In the preface, Ekkehard also warned his audience that tracing the changing fortunes of his monastery would be a difficult task because that would touch upon the controversial subject of monastic discipline. Here Ekkehard introduced a theme that he and his fellow monks found vitally important because of the issues lying at the heart of monastic reform. From the very beginning, Ekkehard expressed his disapproval of the reform movement. In the Casus Ekkehard only hinted at contemporary debates and figures, but he was more outspoken when adding notes in the margins of manuscripts. For Ekkehard, the major issue at stake was the understanding of monastic discipline as dictated by the Rule of Benedict, and in broader terms, the nature and meaning of monastic life in its relationship to the world outside"-- Provided by publisher.
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Latin with English translation following; introduction and notes in English.
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Casus sancti Galli
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  • 9780674251465 (hardcover)
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