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The Two Princes of Calabar: An Eighteenth-Century Atlantic Odyssey (review)

The Two Princes of Calabar: An Eighteenth-Century Atlantic Odyssey (review) 04-Reviews_295-326 6/24/05 8:22 AM Page 302 302 Biography 28.2 (Spring 2005) included dates as the Liudolfing tree does. A timeline of major events during the lifetimes of Mathilda and Adelheid would have been a helpful addition. The first and third appendices will appeal to both scholars and students. The first offers excerpts from Widukind of Corvey’s Res Gestae concerning Mathil- da which allow for comparison to the Lives. Appendix Three offers a fasci- nating discussion of the vestigia deosculari or kissing footprints; Mathilda kissed the footprints of her son Otto I. Because of its detail the second appen- dix on the Stirps Widukindi, which traces Mathilda’s relation to her famous ancestor Widukind of Saxony, will mainly interest specialists. The endnotes are quite useful, often clarifying the texts and providing ample reference to other works. In the interests of the non-specialist, Gilsdorf cites the English translations of primary works, when they are available. For the specialist, however, Gilsdorf supplies plenty of references to non-English primary and secondary works to aid in further research. The volume contains a few errors. Concerning note 53 on page 177, Liutbirg was not the abbess of Wendhausen, but a recluse attached to that convent. In http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Biography University of Hawai'I Press

The Two Princes of Calabar: An Eighteenth-Century Atlantic Odyssey (review)

Biography , Volume 28 (2) – Aug 3, 2005

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Copyright © 2005 Biographical Research Center.
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04-Reviews_295-326 6/24/05 8:22 AM Page 302 302 Biography 28.2 (Spring 2005) included dates as the Liudolfing tree does. A timeline of major events during the lifetimes of Mathilda and Adelheid would have been a helpful addition. The first and third appendices will appeal to both scholars and students. The first offers excerpts from Widukind of Corvey’s Res Gestae concerning Mathil- da which allow for comparison to the Lives. Appendix Three offers a fasci- nating discussion of the vestigia deosculari or kissing footprints; Mathilda kissed the footprints of her son Otto I. Because of its detail the second appen- dix on the Stirps Widukindi, which traces Mathilda’s relation to her famous ancestor Widukind of Saxony, will mainly interest specialists. The endnotes are quite useful, often clarifying the texts and providing ample reference to other works. In the interests of the non-specialist, Gilsdorf cites the English translations of primary works, when they are available. For the specialist, however, Gilsdorf supplies plenty of references to non-English primary and secondary works to aid in further research. The volume contains a few errors. Concerning note 53 on page 177, Liutbirg was not the abbess of Wendhausen, but a recluse attached to that convent. In

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