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By Henry Mayr-Harting

Integrating the intense biography of Bruno, Archbishop of Cologne (953-65) and brother of Emperor Otto I, through the in a different way imprecise monk Ruotger, with the highbrow tradition of Cologne Cathedral, this can be a examine of exact politics along side Ottonian ruler ethic. Our wisdom of Cologne highbrow task within the interval, except Ruotger, needs to be pieced jointly in most cases from marginal annotations and glosses in surviving Cologne manuscripts, displaying how and with what matters probably the most vital books of the Latin West have been learn in Bruno's and Ruotger's Cologne. those comprise Pope Gregory the Great's Letters, Prudentius's Psychomachia, Boethius's Arithmetic, and Martianus Capella's Marriage of Philology and Mercury. The writing within the margins of the manuscripts, along with enlarging our photo of pondering in Cologne in itself, could be drawn into comparability with the outlook of Ruotger. Exploring how special Cologne was once, in comparison with different centres, Henry Mayr-Harting brings out an all at once powerful thread of Platonism within the tenth-century mind. The ebook incorporates a serious version of doubtless the earliest surviving, and hitherto unpublished, set of glosses to Boethius's Arithmetic, with an in depth research in their content material.

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Sulpicius Severus is often mentioned in terms of the Life’s classic hagiographical structure—youth, maturity, death and burial; but, as Berschin points out, whereas the Life of Martin proceeds scene by scene, wonder by wonder, Ruotger gives his work its ‘structural accents’ and compact form, like Sallust, through speeches. ⁶⁷ Perhaps one should not rule out an influence of Thegan’s Life of Louis the Pious also. ⁶⁸ As I shall show later, this by no means needed to come from Thegan, but it often seems to have happened that one source, or possible source, played on another in Ruotger’s mind, as one might expect with someone so well-read.

5, p. 7, ll. 14–15. 12 Bruno of Cologne and Ruotger’s Life stress on the accord of king and clergy and laity of Cologne. ⁴⁰ Ruotger may have shown a streak of disingenuousness here, since virtually from the start the position of archbishop of Cologne was held by Bruno with the dukedom of Lotharingia, Cologne being on the left bank of the Rhine and hence itself within Lotharingia. It immediately becomes apparent that primary tasks facing Bruno as archbishop and duke of Lotharingia were to play his part in putting down the great rebellion of 953, led not only by Otto I’s son Liudolf but also by Conrad the Red, himself legitimate duke of Lotharingia until the rebellion, and to secure peace in Lotharingia.

43r, is in von Euw and Schreiner, Kaiserin Theophanu, i. 37, and of the now lost Düsseldorf manuscript, ibid. 77, 78, 317–18, though these latter are not so useful palaeographically. The dating of the Wolfenbüttel hand in this work to the thirteenth century must surely be erroneous. ⁵⁸ Thietmar of Merseburg, ii. 23, p. ’ ‘Isto melioribus’ means better than the action which Thietmar has just narrated. ⁶² It cannot have been for long! As well as asking who was impressed by Ruotger’s Life, or its message, we ought to ask who was intended to be impressed.

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