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exegesis

exegesis  

Critical interpretation or explanation of a text, traditionally associated with religious scriptures, but now used with reference to close readings and analyses of any text.
Exegesis of the Bible

Exegesis of the Bible  

At the centre of life and teaching, the Bible was read, heard and commented on throughout the Middle Ages. Its exegesis underwent an evolution and aroused reflection. We will trace ...
exemplum

exemplum  

(plural-pla)A short tale used as an example to illustrate a moral point, usually in a sermon or other didactic work. The form was cultivated in the late Middle Ages, for instance in Robert Mannyng of ...
gloss

gloss  

(Hungarian) Marginal and interlinear glosses in the Hungarian vernacular in ML MSS, usually identified by their provenance or present location, such as the Leuven glosses (13th century; Budapest), ...
Hugh of Saint-Victor

Hugh of Saint-Victor  

(late 11th c. - 1141)Born in Saxony in the very late 11th or early 12th c., Hugh of Saint-Victor received his first instruction from the regular canons of St ...
Imperial, Francisco

Imperial, Francisco  

Native of Genoa and resident in Seville (c.1400). His eighteen poems are gathered in the Cancionero de Baena. His two long allegorical visions helped change the course of Castilian verse ...
Latin grammar

Latin grammar  

As the language of the church, government, and learning in most of western Europe from the classical period to the late MA, Latin was central to medieval education and culture. ...
literary nominalism

literary nominalism  

The negotiation of nominalist philosophical and theological thought in late medieval literature. Such correspondences include (i) the choosing of narrative facilitating the discussion of the ...
Martianus Capella

Martianus Capella  

(fl. 410–39),a North African writer, celebrated in the Middle Ages. He was the author of De Nuptiis Philologiae et Mercurii in nine books of prose and verse. The first two deal with the wooing (in a ...
mythography

mythography  

The interpretation of myth, usually Graeco-Roman. In antiquity a form of philosophical rationalization of the sexual exploits of the gods in epic, in the MA it was used to justify ...
Otto of Freising

Otto of Freising  

(c.1114–58) Scholar and bishop.Member of the ruling Salian and Hohenstaufen dynasties, he was dedicated to monastic life as child, studied in Paris, and became Cistercian and (generally absentee) ...
pastoral, medieval Latin

pastoral, medieval Latin  

Medieval Latin pastoral engaged the ancient traditions embodied in Virgil’s Eclogues or, more broadly, dramatized the affiliations of nature and humanity. After Virgil, Ausonius’ (c.310–95) Eclogues ...
personification

personification  

Representation of a human figure with attributes to suggest an abstraction, such as Hope with Anchor. Cesare Ripa's Iconologia (1593) was an important source-book for personification.Lampugnani (ed.) ...
Peter Riga

Peter Riga  

(c.1140–1209)*Canon of Rheims. After collecting his early poetry in the Floridus aspectus, he recast this material for the successful Aurora, an allegorical and moralizing poetic commentary, ...
prosimetrum

prosimetrum  

Composition combining prose and verse. During antiquity and the early MA, the form was called satura, a term still used as late as the 9th century to describe such texts ...
Rupert of Deutz

Rupert of Deutz  

(d. c.1129) Monastic theologian.A scriptural and liturgical exegete (in his treatise De divinis officiis), he was distinguished by his critical approach to the patristic heritage and opposition to ...
skaldic Verse

skaldic Verse  

A form of Old Norse poetry distinguished by its elaborate metre, alliteration, consonance, and riddling diction. Skaldic verse flourished in the 10th cent. and on into the 11th, and much of it ...
Tobias

Tobias  

The typological interpretation of the figure of Tobias, particularly as developed by the Venerable Bede (Patris Tobiae Allegorica Interpretatio: PL, 91, col. 923–935), rests on the theme of the just ...
vision

vision  

The vision splendid the dream of some glorious imagined time; the phrase is originally a quotation from Wordsworth from ‘Ode. Intimations of Immortality’ (1807).the vision thing a political view ...
Walter Map

Walter Map  

(c.1135–c.1209) Satirist, courtier to Henry II, and archdeacon of Oxford.His most popular work was the anti-matrimonial treatise Epistola Valerii, later incorporated into his tour de force De nugis ...

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