Online Medieval Sources Bibliography

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King, Margot H., trans, Poems on St. Scholastica (Vox Benedictina: A Journal of Translations from Monastic Sources. 7.3: 229-251) Read this source online

Text name(s): Three Songs about St. Scholastica; De S. Scholastica Carmen; Vita eiusdem S. Scholastic√¶; A Metrical Life of St. Scholastica

Number of pages of primary source text: 0


Dates: 690 - 720

Archival Reference: 

Original Language(s): 

  • Latin


  • Translated into English.
  • Original language included.

Translation Comments: verse translation follows Latin original

Geopolitical Region(s): 

  • France


Record Types: 

  • Hagiography
  • Literature - Verse

Subject Headings: 

  • Clergy - Monks, Nuns, Friars
  • Saints
  • Women / Gender


  • Introduction


This webpage has four texts about St. Scholastica – a short anecdote by Gregory the Great, printed in the introduction in English translation, a poem by Aldelm about Scholastica, and two poems by Paul the Deacon. The entire text, with introduction and notes, is available on the Monastic Matrix website, a site devoted to the study of medieval women’s religious communities.

Introduction Summary: 

The introduction questions whether Scholastica actually existed, and then discusses her importance to later medieval writers, regardless of historical authenticity.

Cataloger: MK