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Constantine The African

Constantine The African  

(11th c.)The Middle Ages have given several versions of the biography of Constantine the African. According to Peter the Deacon, monk and librarian at the abbey of Monte Cassino ...
convent

convent  

1 Company of men or women living in the discipline of a religious Order and under one Superior.2 The institution founded for (1).3 A nunnery, i.e. a convent for women only.
Della Scala

Della Scala  

An extremely influential Ghibelline political dynasty that controlled the city-state of Verona from 1277 to 1387. During the early 1200s, the della Scala (or Scaliger) family steadily grew more ...
Elizabeth of Schönau

Elizabeth of Schönau  

(1129–1164)A mystic and ecstatic visionary, Elizabeth lived from 1141 at the monastery of Schönau, in the canton of Sankt Goarshausen, which housed a men's convent and a women's convent. ...
eremite

eremite  

A Christian hermit or recluse; the word is recorded from Middle English, and comes via Old French from late Latin eremita, from the base of hermit.
hagiography

hagiography  

The writing of the lives of saints; a biography idealizing its subject. The word comes ultimately from Greek hagios ‘holy, saintly’.
Jacques de Vitry

Jacques de Vitry  

(d. 1240) Historian and cardinal-bishop.Jacques studied in Paris, entering a monastery in 1211. Associated with Marie d’Oignies and the Beguines, he also preached crusade against the Albigensians and ...
Johannes Andreae

Johannes Andreae  

(c.1270–1348)Born at Rifredo near Florence, Johannes Andreae (Giovanni di Andrea) died of plague at Bologna. He studied theology, canon law (he was received as doctor “despite himself” between 1296 ...
John of Bridlington

John of Bridlington  

(d. 1379),Austin Canon. Born at Thwing near Bridlington, he studied at Oxford University and became a canon at St Augustine's monastery, Bridlington. Eventually he was in turn precentor, cellarer, ...
Justina of Padua

Justina of Padua  

(c.300),virgin and martyr. She was one of the many victims of persecution in the Roman Empire, probably under Maximian, but little is known of her life and death. In the 6th century a church was ...
Liber Pontificalis

Liber Pontificalis  

Compilation of papal biographies begun c.530. Under continuators’ hands, its schematic lists evolved towards livelier anecdote and polemic. The Liber breaks off in the middle of the vita of Hadrian ...
Orléans

Orléans  

A city in central France on the Loire which in 1429 was the scene of Joan of Arc's first victory over the English during the Hundred Years War; Orleans was also one of the main royal duchies of ...
Paray-le-Monial

Paray-le-Monial  

In 973, at the instigation of Count Lambert of Chalon, a Benedictine priory was installed on the hill that dominates the present town, and subjected in 999 to the authority ...
Petrus Hispanus

Petrus Hispanus  

(died 1277)A native of Lisbon, he is sometimes called Petrus Juliani, from the name of his father, Julianus. His Biography and his work involve numerous uncertainties. He probably went ...
School of Groenendaal

School of Groenendaal  

Was it the presence of Jan van Ruysbroeck (1293–1381) that led to the rise of a pleiad of spiritual authors at Groenendaal? There is a manifest link between the great Brabantine mystic and several ...
Slavonic manuscripts

Slavonic manuscripts  

Apart from the Freising Leaves, some religious texts in Old Slovene transmitted in Latin script and dating from the first half of the 9th c., Old Slavonic literature goes back ...

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