Herbert of Bosham: A Medieval Polymath

Herbert of Bosham: A Medieval Polymath


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Herbert of Bosham (c.1120-c.1194) was one of the most brilliant, original and versatile thinkers of the twelfth century. Herbert was Thomas Becket's closest confidant, a theologian, biblical commentator, historian, letter-writer and Hebrew scholar; he wrote a Life of St Thomas unlike any other contemporary biography, produced one of the most visually-arresting illuminated Bible books of his age, and composed a commentary on the Psalms inspired by Jewish scholarship. His uncompromising character, and the originality and complexity of his thought, meant that Herbert's works were largely ignored during his lifetime and forgotten for centuries, but more recently they have begun to receive the attention and approval that their author insisted they deserved.
The chapters in this book, the first to be devoted to Herbert's life and works, examine his eventful and troubled life, his remarkable corpus of works,and how they came to be neglected and rediscovered. They provide an introduction to his life, writings and legacy, direction to existing scholarship on the subject, and new insights on, interpretations of and discoveries about anidiosyncratic representative of the "twelfth-century renaissance".

MICHAEL STAUNTON is Associate Professor of History at University College Dublin.

Contributors: Julie Barrau, Laura Cleaver, Matthew Doyle, Anne J. Duggan, Christopher de Hamel, Sabina Flanagan, Michael Staunton, Nicholas Vincent.

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ISBN-13: 9781903153888
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date: 04/19/2019
Pages: 217
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Michael Staunton is Associate Professor of History at University College Dublin.

Table of Contents

An Introduction to Herbert of Bosham
Master Herbert: Becket's eruditus, envoy, adviser, and ghost-writer?
Herbert of Bosham and Peter Lombard
Pages covered with as many tears as notes: Herbert of Bosham and the glossed manuscripts for Thomas Becket
Scholarship as a weapon: Herbert of Bosham's letter collection
Time, Change and History in Herbert of Bosham's Historia
John Allen Giles and Herbert of Bosham: The Criminous Clerk as Editor
The Missing Leaves of Arras MS 649: A Tale of Lost and Found
Encounters with Herbert of Bosham
Appendix: A New Letter of Herbert of Bosham (1175 X 1178)
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