Creating Augustine: Interpreting Augustine and Augustinianism in the Later Middle Ages

Hardcover | August 5, 2012

bySaak, Eric Leland

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The term 'Augustinianism' has been used by scholars for over a century to refer to trends in medieval philosophy, theology, and politics, which had a major effect on the transformations of European culture and society from the Middle Ages to the onset of modernity. Yet in each of these threedisciplines 'Augustinianism' means something different, and the lack of clarity only increases when the debates over the relationship between a late medieval Augustinianism and Martin Luther are considered as well. Based on historical, philological, and iconographic analysis, this study adopts ahermeneutical approach drawn from philosophical hermeneutics, religious studies, and literary and sociological theory to argue for a historical, as distinct from a philosophical or theological referent for the term 'Augustinianism'. The interpretation of Augustine and of a late medieval Augustinianism can only be based historically on the newly created image of Augustine discerned in the writings of the Augustinian Hermits in the early fourteenth century. Recognising the diverse dimensions of this created image is requisiteto a historical understanding of Augustine's late medieval reception and impact. Understanding Augustine as a 'created' saint has implications for a wider understanding of Augustine's influence stretching on beyond the later Middle Ages up until the present day.

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The term 'Augustinianism' has been used by scholars for over a century to refer to trends in medieval philosophy, theology, and politics, which had a major effect on the transformations of European culture and society from the Middle Ages to the onset of modernity. Yet in each of these threedisciplines 'Augustinianism' means something...

Eric Leland Saak is Professor of Church History at Liverpool Hope University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pagesPublished:August 5, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction1. A Renaissance of Augustinianism?The New Augustine ScholarshipThe Campaign Contra Pelagianos ModernosReligio-Politics and the Return to Augustine2. The Rebirth of Augustine3. The Sermones ad fratres in eremo4. Augustine ImaginedThe Metrum pro depingenda vita Sancti Augustini of Jordan of QuedlinburgThe Erfurt Stained-Glass Cycle (1316-1324)Guariento di Arpo: The Padua Cycle (1338)The Arca Cycle (1362)Ottaviano Nelli: The Gubio Cycle (1410-1420)Di Lorenzo: A Minaturist s Cycle (1433)The Historia Augustini (1430-1440)The Vita Sancti Augustini Imaginibus Adornata (1450-1500)Benozzo Gozzoli: The San Gimignano Cycle (1465)The Image and Its PublicAugustine and Augustinianism5. The Religio AugustiniReligionization and Augustinian MonasticismImitatio Augustini and the Embodiment of AugustineConclusion: Augustine, the Augustinian, and Augustinianism in the Later Middle Ages