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Anchoress and Abbess in Ninth-Century Saxony: The Lives of Liutbirga of Wendhausen and Hathumoda of Gandersheim (review)

Anchoress and Abbess in Ninth-Century Saxony: The Lives of Liutbirga of Wendhausen and Hathumoda... Book Reviews Anchoress and Abbess in Ninth-Century Saxony: The Lives of Liutbirga of Wendhausen and Hathumoda of Gandersheim. Translated with an introduction and notes by Frederick S. Paxton. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic Univ. of America Press, 2009. Pp. xviii + 204. $29.95. The two English translations of the Lives of Liutbirga and Hathumoda are excellent and pleasant to read. Not only do they represent the two longest and complete Latin Lives of Manuscript Hist. 141 of the Staatsbibliothek Bamberg, but Frederick S. Paxton has also provided ample footnotes with biblical and classical references, as well as explanations to better understand the contents. We can be grateful that Paxton is not only a Latinist, who records all the pertinent sources and references to the texts, as well as the style of the prose biographies and the elegiac style of the Dialogue following the Life of Hathumoda, but that he is also a historian, who has researched the whole history of medieval Saxony (now Lower Saxony) and the family histories of Liutbirga, Gisla, and Hathumoda, as described in the introduction. The abbot Andreas von Michelsberg in Bamberg (1483­1502) had copied the two Lives, together with the Life of Leoba (or http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JEGP, Journal of English and Germanic Philology University of Illinois Press

Anchoress and Abbess in Ninth-Century Saxony: The Lives of Liutbirga of Wendhausen and Hathumoda of Gandersheim (review)

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Book Reviews Anchoress and Abbess in Ninth-Century Saxony: The Lives of Liutbirga of Wendhausen and Hathumoda of Gandersheim. Translated with an introduction and notes by Frederick S. Paxton. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic Univ. of America Press, 2009. Pp. xviii + 204. $29.95. The two English translations of the Lives of Liutbirga and Hathumoda are excellent and pleasant to read. Not only do they represent the two longest and complete Latin Lives of Manuscript Hist. 141 of the Staatsbibliothek Bamberg, but Frederick S. Paxton has also provided ample footnotes with biblical and classical references, as well as explanations to better understand the contents. We can be grateful that Paxton is not only a Latinist, who records all the pertinent sources and references to the texts, as well as the style of the prose biographies and the elegiac style of the Dialogue following the Life of Hathumoda, but that he is also a historian, who has researched the whole history of medieval Saxony (now Lower Saxony) and the family histories of Liutbirga, Gisla, and Hathumoda, as described in the introduction. The abbot Andreas von Michelsberg in Bamberg (1483­1502) had copied the two Lives, together with the Life of Leoba (or

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JEGP, Journal of English and Germanic PhilologyUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: Mar 30, 2011

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