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Meyers, Jean, ed., Sedulii Scotti Carmina (Turnhout: Brepols (Corpus Christianorum Continuatio Mediaevalis CXVII))

Text name(s): Carmina

Number of pages of primary source text: 129


Dates: 848 - 859

Archival Reference: This edition is based on the following codices: codex Bruxellensis 10615-729; codex 35 im Erzb. Archiv Freiburg im Breisgau; and codex Mettensis 500.

Original Language(s): 

  • Latin


Translation Comments: 

Geopolitical Region(s): 

  • Europe
  • France


Record Types: 

  • Literature - Verse

Subject Headings: 

  • Carolingians
  • Nobility / Gentry
  • Royalty / Monarchs
  • Clergy - Priests, Bishops, Canons


  • Glossary
  • Bibliography
  • Introduction


Sedulius Scottus was an Irish scholar and teacher active in the Frankish intellectual circles of the mid-ninth century. Leaving his homeland because of escalating Viking incursions and welcomed by the Franks in Liege, Sedulius became a conspicuous figure in the so-called Carolingian Renaissance, and is now most well known for his Scriptural commentaries and grammatical works. This edition contains the extant poems of Sedulius (excluding only the verse passages found in the De rectoribus christianis), which reveal the personal circumstances and thoughts of the poet as well as illuminate the nature of the life of a medieval courtier. Many of them are addressed to fellow intellectuals, to Sedulius’ episcopal patrons, Hartgar and Franco of Liège, and various members of the royal family. This is the most recent, and currently standard, critical edition of Sedulius’ verse, and contains critical notes as well as indices of references to passages from Sacred Scripture and other authors.

Introduction Summary: 

The substantial introduction (51 pp.; in French) is taken up in large part with the textual tradition of these poems, but also discusses the methodology behind this edition in the context of previous editions, translations, and commentaries.

Cataloger: WLL