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Talbot, C. H., trans., The Anglo-Saxon missionaries in Germany; being the lives of SS. Willibrord, Boniface, Sturm, Leoba, and Libuin, together with the Hodoeporicon of St. Willibald and a selection from the correspondence of St. Boniface (London and New York: Sheed and Ward) Read this source online

Text name(s): Life of St. Willibrord; Life of St. Boniface; Life of St. Sturm; Life of St. Leoba; Life of St. and Libuin; Hodoeporicon of St. Willibald; correspondence of St. Boniface

Number of pages of primary source text: 234

Author(s): 

Dates: 658 - 787

Archival Reference: 

Original Language(s): 

  • Latin

Translation: 

  • Translated into English.

Translation Comments: 

Geopolitical Region(s): 

  • Holy Roman Empire
  • Germany
  • England
  • France
  • Netherlands
  • Italy

County/Region: Frisia; Bavaria; Thuringia; Franconia; Saxony

Record Types: 

  • Letter
  • Hagiography
  • Councils - Church

Subject Headings: 

  • Clergy - Priests, Bishops, Canons
  • Clergy - Monks, Nuns, Friars
  • Carolingians
  • Women / Gender
  • Travel / Pilgrimage
  • Saints
  • Historiography
  • Conversion
  • Early Germanic Peoples: Goths, Franks, etc.
  • Papacy
  • Peasants
  • Saints - Cults / Relics

Apparatus: 

  • Bibliography
  • Introduction

Comments: 

This is a collection of lives of Anglo-Saxon saints, most of whom were involved in missionary efforts on the continent. It also includes selections from the correspondence of St. Boniface. The following texts can be found on the Internet Medieval Sourcebook website, along with some introductory notes: * Hodoeporican of St. Willibald, which was written by a woman (http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/basis/willibald.html); * Willobald’s Life of Saint Boniface (http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/basis/willibald-boniface.html); * St. Boniface’s correspondence (http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/basis/boniface-letters.html); * Alcuin’s Life of Willibrord (http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/basis/Alcuin-willbrord.html); * Eigil’s Life of Sturm (http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/basis/sturm.html); * Life of Libuin (http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/basis/lebuin.html); * Life of Leoba (http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/basis/leoba.html).

Introduction Summary: 

Talbot’s eleven page introduction provides political and cultural context for the sources. Topics addressed include the thriving monastic culture in the British Isles, the Carrolingian ascendancy and revival of monasticism in Francia led by figures like Columbanus, and the historical value of the sources he has printed herein. Additionally, each text has a brief introductory note about dating and authorship.

Cataloger: mk; JFS

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