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Paschasius Radbertus' funeral oration for Wala of Corbie
Authors: Mayke de Jong and Justin Lake

This book presents a new and accessible translation of a well-known yet enigmatic text: the ‘Epitaph for Arsenius’ by the monk and scholar Paschasius Radbertus (Radbert) of Corbie. This monastic dialogue, with the author in the role of narrator, plunges the reader directly into the turmoil of ninth-century religion and politics. ‘Arsenius’ was the nickname of Wala, a member of the Carolingian family who in the 830s became involved in the rebellions against Louis the Pious. Exiled from the court, Wala/Arsenius died Italy in 836. Casting both Wala and himself in the role of the prophet Jeremiah, Radbert chose the medium of the epitaph (funeral oration) to deliver a polemical attack, not just on Wala’s enemies, but also on his own.

E.A. Jones

–3   To the … hermit for casting over the dung at Baddyng 61 7s 6d     (ii) Easter term 1533   Paid to the hermit for keeping clean of the churchyard

in Hermits and anchorites in England, 1200–1550
E.A. Jones

, getting into it, the one-to-be-enclosed himself should begin the antiphon Here shall be my repose for ever and ever; here shall I dwell for I have chosen it, the choir outside singing the psalm O Lord, remember David together with the same antiphon. 48 Then, casting a little dust onto him, the priest should begin the antiphon From the earth you formed me, My Lord and Redeemer, raise me up on the

in Hermits and anchorites in England, 1200–1550
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Mayke de Jong and Justin Lake

an increase in his merits, because, just as it is sung in the psalm, ‘going, he went’ from place to place, ‘casting his seed.’ 119 Everywhere he had the confessors of Christ as his intercessors, and everywhere he found their examples offered up to him by God by way of encouragement. Everywhere, too, he left his own example as a confessor. 120 And he had with him a throng of monks – to whose number he belonged – to commend him in their prayers, support him with their consolations and soothe him through their solemn offices. 121 He in turn instructed them by his

in Confronting crisis in the Carolingian empire
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Mayke de Jong and Justin Lake

secretly than deviously or cunningly – the one whom you had intended to praise, on the grounds that you saw him take away some small gifts offered to the brothers, amongst which were riches and trappings of all kinds in the which the world is king, such things as none of us can profess to having seen before. 406 Pascasius: I never would have believed that you could be so suspicious and prickly 407 as to twist words spoken in all sincerity in order to slander me. For perhaps you are offended by these things, as certain people are, and for this reason you are casting

in Confronting crisis in the Carolingian empire
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Gervase Rosser

section introductions and in the notes on individual sources, together with the potential rewards of casting the historian’s net as widely as possible. Much that we should like to know remains difficult to discern in the record, but, if we take a multi-faceted approach, we find that the documentation is rich, and that it invites us to deepen our understanding of this crucial phase in the history of the city

in Towns in medieval England
Gervase Rosser

at London for heresy. But the watching crowd took him for a martyr. They erected a cross at the site, and began to make offerings of money and wax ex voto images, until the city authorities dispersed them by casting about animals’ dung as a preventative of ‘further idolatry’. 5 Religious belief was not easily controlled or manipulated by authority. A defining characteristic of the

in Towns in medieval England
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Rachel Stone and Charles West

anticipated some political difficulties in ending the union, since Theutberga was well connected, which is doubtless why, instead of simply casting her aside, he arranged the 858 ordeal. Yet we should not rush to over-simplify and reduce everything to mere power politics. For after the ordeal went against him, Lothar calculated that the best way forward was on technical grounds, which brought

in The divorce of King Lothar and Queen Theutberga
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Alison I. Beach, Shannon M.T. Li, and Samuel S. Sutherland

wings, and there were also wheels with wings and eyes. 49 There were also nine rows of angels holding bowls in their hands, and the four and twenty ancients casting their crowns before the throne of the lord [Apoc. 4: 4, 10, somewhat freely]. There were also images of the four evangelists each rendered most beautifully in electrum 50 and encircled with many gems, and also many other images in electrum, and a boss with a grape-vine motif. The whole piece was made with the most beautiful workmanship and the best gold, such that it would have delighted you to see

in Monastic experience in twelfth-century Germany
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Alison K. McHardy

these are not the only sources of information at the historian’s disposal. In casting a net widely over a variety of evidence I have been trying not only to avoid duplicating excessively material already available in translation, but to offer students the opportunity to create a new narrative by using a wider variety of sources, including administrative documents generated by government and other

in The reign of Richard II