The Chronicle and Historical Notes of Bernard Itier

Hardcover | January 24, 2013

EditorAndrew W. Lewis

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Bernard Itier (1163-1225) was head librarian of the monastery of Saint-Martial at Limoges. As such he had free access to the books and made notations in many of them. The largest collection of these notes comprises his chronicle: a history of the world from Creation until his own time which,in part to conserve parchment, Bernard entered in the margins of two earlier codices he had appropriated for the purpose. The work includes a 'retrospective' section, relative to the past, and a 'contemporaneous' section, similar to a journal, in which Bernard recorded current or recent events which struck his interest. His record is highly idiosyncratic, reflecting the priorities of a monk who viewed the world from,and largely in relation to, his monastery. Accordingly, despite what modern historians consider to have been momentous changes in the kingdoms and the church at the time, what most interested Bernard were the affairs of his abbey, local events, miracles or other prodigies, and instances of atypicalviolence. In his outlook, the kings and pope were outsiders, and sometimes threatening. He does not mention the conquests of Philip Augustus, and records with almost palpable relief the death of Innocent III, who he had feared would impose an unwelcome choice of abbot on his monastery. Andrew Lewis provides, in Bernard's Latin and in English translation, the only complete text of Bernard's chronicle ever published, and the fullest edition of his historical notes from other manuscripts which complement the chronicle.

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Bernard Itier (1163-1225) was head librarian of the monastery of Saint-Martial at Limoges. As such he had free access to the books and made notations in many of them. The largest collection of these notes comprises his chronicle: a history of the world from Creation until his own time which,in part to conserve parchment, Bernard entere...

Andrew W. Lewis received his A.M. from the University of Chicago and his Ph.D. from Harvard University. During 1984-89 he held a fellowship from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and in 1985 his first book was awarded the John Nicholas Brown Prize by the Medieval Academy of America. Since 1977 he has taught at Missou...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.1 inPublished:January 24, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199546436

ISBN - 13:9780199546435

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Table of Contents

1. List of Abbreviated References2. Introduction3. The Chronicle of Bernard Itier4. The Autograph Historical Notes5. Historical Notes Extant only in Copies6. Appendices