Hugh of Amiens and the Twelfth-Century Renaissance by Ryan P. Freeburn

By Ryan P. Freeburn

Hugh of Amiens (c. 1085-1164) was once a major highbrow determine within the 12th century. in the course of a longevity he served as a cleric, Cluniac monk, abbot, and archbishop of Rouen. He wrote a few works together with poems, biblical exegesis, anti-heretical polemics, and most significantly one of many earliest collections of systematic theology, his Dialogues. This e-book examines all of Hugh's writings to discover a greater realizing not just of this person, but in addition of the twelfth-century as an entire, in particular the theological preoccupations of the interval, together with the improvement of systematic theology and perspectives at the ameliorations of the monastic and clerical methods of existence.

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P. 63, l. ’ Disposuit, l. , passim. 73 I have determined that Hugh does not appear to have been deeply influenced by the contemporary trend, especially popular in the papal curia, of ending sentences in certain metrical combinations. Only one of his works, the first six books of the Dialogues, even comes close to having a significant number of these cadences. See T. Janson, Prose Rhythm in Medieval Latin from the 9th to the 13th Century, Acta Universitatis Stockholmiensis, Studia Latina Stockholmiensia 20 (Stockholm, 1975), for more on the cursus.

Ll. 88–92 (835B–C). 30, PL 176, 300C–D. , ll. 95–101 (835C). Hugh of Amiens and the Twelfth-Century Renaissance 22 transference of a soul from parent to child as that of a flame kindling another without detriment to itself. It could thus be that an incorporeal seed flows separately with the corporeal seed from the father into the mother. The second alternative is that the soul lies dormant in the mother’s body and does not come from the father at all. An argument in favour of this and against the first option is that when conception does not take place, the seed of the soul would have gone out in vain, and must either rush back or die.

25 H. de Lubac, Exégèse Médiévale. Les Quatre Sens de l’Ecriture (4 vols, Aubier, 1959– 64), esp. 1, pp. 139–87. 3, pp. 135–6 (PL 176, 799B). The Poems of Hugh of Amiens 31 Yet another use for Hugh’s work would have been to aid in the memorization of all this information, which thoroughly digested would provide the material for further contemplation. 29 And if hexameter could serve the memorization of grammar, surely it could do the same for the details of the Scriptures. In the preface to his Historia, Alexander of Ashby announced just such a purpose for his poem: I send this metric compendium to you so that the histories of the Old and New Testament, after you learn them, should inhere more firmly in your memory, and so that what will have lapsed from your memory will more easily return to the same …30 A poem such as Hugh’s, although perhaps not so well as a carefully planned grid, would indeed help the reader memorize the important parts of the Scriptures.

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