Hagiography or "What I’ve been doing since my TV Blew Up"

15 Nov

Well, this no TV thing has had unexpected consequences. Strangely, I haven’t been reading more – I’ve been working more, both on my work-work and my play-work. On Saturday I started putting together a list of all of the saints’ lives in my possession – and yes, I know not all of these are saints; I’ll get to that in a minute. I spent the better part of the day on this, never getting dragged away to watch a college football game, or much of anything. In the end I found out I had 149 saints’/non-saints’ lives in my possession (sort of), as well as a few lives of royalty. If you’ve been following this blog for a while you know I enjoy hagiography but I had no idea I had this much of it.

Why did I do this? To save $19. I think, after finishing this post, this paid out to something like $1.50/hour. I was looking at buying a book which allowed you to look into. So I’m checking the Table of Contents and I think that I have most of the vitae already – but I can’t remember where, and the prospect of looking through my books for them isn’t particularly attrective. The thought also crossed my mind, Gregory’s History has several discussions of people covering several pages which amount to vitae, gee I wish I’d noted them. So I decided I needed to database my saints.

Once I finished this I thought I should post it. That wouldn’t take much, would it? Problem: Blogger will let you post tables but won’t widen the browser window. That was pretty useless. I tried several other ways and was discouraged and finally figured it out this afternoon when I got home. Unfortunately it isn’t what I’d hoped it would be which is a table anyone could paste into their own spreadsheet but I’m posting it anyway. It was a vendetta or something by this point.

I offer you a truncated, adapted for this blog, version of the database. The excel file, which I’ll happily send on to anyone who e-mails me, includes items such as the date the subjects lived, date vitae were authored, where said saint/non-saint lived and, once I get to it, will include if they actually are saints and in which church. There’s also a column for the name of the subject of each vita but fortunately, all of the subjects have their name in the title. Nice of Sulpicius Severus not to write one titled, On this holy dude who left the army to become a bishop famous enough to likely save Gregory of Tours’ ass nearly 200 years later. Now that I think of it, listing the original language might be cool too.

I beg everyone’s indulgence for the many errors, above all improper source citation. All I can say is that this is from a spreadsheet for my own use and adding publication information wasn’t important; I can look at my bookshelves to find what I need. Also, within a given book, the saints/non-saints are ordered alphabetically, not the order in which vitae appear in the book. Titles are entered as they are listed in the respective books. Because I was interested in the subjects as well as their vitae you’ll see, for example, two listings of Gregory of Tours’ “About Romanus and Lupicinus, abbots” as I listed both names in my spreadsheet. If an author isn’t listed for a vita, it’s anonymous (entering “anon” for all these seemed a bit tedious). And I know some of these aren’t exactly vitae, but they all include at least some hagiographic elements. I also debated listing the names of, for example, all of Jerome’s “Illustrious Men” and decided that would send me into prosopography, a place I definitely do not want to go.

I’m going to add a new section to my blog titled, “Resources” which will be (at least for now) solely for things I’ve put together myself, not a list of stuff available on the web or elsewhere. This will allow me to post brief notices when I update something. Or at least this thing if it leads a lonely life on that page.

Oh, and the book? I bought it. The Willehad’s, Willibald’s and Willibrord’s had me confused. Lucky I didn’t end up with a book on wildebeest. Or Willy Wonka.

Anyway, here it is:

Chevallier, Temple, trans., A Translation of the Epistles of Clement of Rome, Polycarp and Ignatius, and of the First Apology of Justin Martyr. ISBN: 9781432677879
“A Relation of the Martyrdom of Ignatius”

Crossley-Holland, Kevin, trans., The Anglo-Saxon World: An Anthology. ISBN: 9780192835475
“The Passion of St. Edmund” by Aelfric of Eynsham

Davis, Raymond, trans., The Lives of the Ninth-Century Popes. ISBN: 9780853234791
“Benedict III”
“Euguene II”
“Gregory IV”
“Hadrian II”
“Leo IV”
“Sergius II”
“Stephen V”

Davis, Raymond, trans., The Lives of the Eighth Century Popes. ISBN: 9781846311543
“Gregory II”
“Gregory III”
“Hadrian I”
“Leo III”
“Stephen II”
“Stephen III”
“Stephen IV”

Defarrari, Roy, et. al., Early Christian Biographies. LC#: 64-19949
“Life of St. Ambrose, Bishop of Milan” by Paulinus the Deacon
“Life of St. Anthony” by Athanasius
“Life of St. Augustine” by Possidius
“Life of St. Cyprian” by Pontius
“Life of St. Epiphanius” by Ennodius
“Life of St. Hilarion” by Jerome
“A Sermon on the Life of St. Honoratus” by St. Hilary
“Life of Malchus, the Captive Monk” by Jerome
“Life of St. Paul, the First Hermit” by Jerome

Dutton, Paul Edward, ed., Carolingian Civilization: A Reader. ISBN: 9781551110035
“Benedict of Aniane: His Life and His Times” by Ardo
“Life of Charlemagne” by Einhard
“The Life of Saint Leoba” by Rudolf of Fulda
“Life of Louis” by Thegan

Eusebius, Cameron & Hall, trans., Eusebius: Life of Constantine. ISBN: 9780198149248
“Life of Constantine” by Eusebius of Caesaria

Fear, A.T., trans., Lives of the Visgothic Fathers. ISBN: 9780853235828
“The Life of St. Aemilian the Confessor” by Braulio of Saragossa
“Life and Martyrdom of Saint Desiderius” by King Sisebut
“The Life of St. Fructuousus of Braga”
“Lives of the Fathers of Merida”
“On the Lives of Famous Men” by Ildefonsus of Toledo 1

Gardner, Edmund, ed., The Dialogues of Saint Gregory the Great. ISBN: 9781889758947
“Of the Life and Miracles of St. Benedict” by Gregory the Great
“The Dialogues of Saint Gregory, surnamed the Great, Books I and III” by Gregory the Great 2

James, Edward, trans., Gregory of Tours: Life of the Fathers. ISBN: 9780853233275
All of the following are authored by Gregory:
“About St. Abraham, an abbot”
“About St. Aemilianus and Brachio, abbots”
“About St. Aemilianus and Brachio, abbots”
“About St. Caluppa, a recluse”
“About St. Friardus, a recluse”
“About St. Gallus, a bishop”
“About St. Gregory, a bishop”
“About St. Illidius, a bishop”
“About Leobardus, a recluse”
“About Ursus and Leobatius, abbots”
“About Romanus and Lupicinus, abbots”
“About St. Lupicinus, a recluse”
“About St. Martius, an abbot”
“About Monegundis, a nun”
“About St. Nicetius, bishop of Lyons”
“About St. Nicetius, bishop of the Trevari”
“About St. Patroclus, an abbot”
“About St. Portianus, an abbot”
“About St. Quintianus, a bishop”
“About Romanus and Lupicinus, abbots”
“About St. Senoch, an abbot”
“About Ursus and Leobatius, abbots”
“About St. Venantius, an abbot”

Kardong, Terrence, trans., The Life of St. Benedict by Gregory the Great. ISBN: 9780814632628
“The Life of Benedict” by Gregory the Great

Keynes, Simon and Lapidge, Michael, trans., Alfred the Great: Asser’s Life of King Alfred and Other Contemporary Sources. ISBN: 9780140444094
“Life of King Alfred” by Asser

Kleist, James A., trans., Ancient Christina Writers 6: The Didache, The Epistle of Barnabus, The Epistles and the Martyrdom of St. Polycarp, The Fragments of Papius, The Epistle to Diognetus. ISBN: 9780809102471
“The Martyrdom of Saint Polycarp Bishop of Smyrna”

Klingshirn, William, trans., Caesarius of Arles: Life, Testament, Letters. ISBN: 9780853233688
“The Life of Caesarius” by Cyprianus, Firminus, Viventius, Messianus, Stephanus

Martyn, John R. C., trans., King Sisebut and the Culture of Visigothic Spain, with Translations of the Lives of Saint Desiderius of Vienne and Saint Masona of Merida. ISBN: 9780773450332
“The Life and Passion of Saint Desiderius” by King Sisebut
“The Life of Saint Masona”

McNamara, Halborg & Whatley, trans., Sainted Women of the Dark Ages. ISBN: 9780822312000
“Aldegund, Abbess of Maubeuge” by Hucbald of Saint-Amand
“Here Begins the Life of the Holy and Blessed Anstrude, Virgin of Our Lord Jesus Christ”
“Austreberta, Virgin and Abbess of Pavilly”
“Here Begins the Life of the Blessed Queen Balthild”
“Saint Bertilla, Abbess of Chelles”
Burgundofara – Begins in chapter 11, no title given by Jonas of Bobbio
“The Life of Saint Clothildis”
“Saint Eustadiola, Widow of Bourges”
“The Life of Genovefa, a Virgin of Paris in Gaul”
“Gertrude, Abbess of Nivelles”
“Saint Glodesind, Virgin of Metz in Belgica Prima”
“Monegund, a Widow and Recluse of Tours in Gaul” by Gregory of Tours
“The Life of the Holy Radegund” Venantius Fortunatus
“The Life of the Holy Radegund Book II” by Baudonivia
“The Life of Rictrude, Abbess of Marchiennes” by Hucbald of Saint-Amand
“The Life of Rusticula, or Marcia, Abbess of Arles” by Florentius of Tricastina
“Saint Sadalberga” by Jonas of Bobbio
“Waldetrude, Abbess of Mons”

Murray, Alexander Callander, ed., From Roman to Merovingian Gaul: A Reader. ISBN: 9781551111025
“The Life of Lady Balthild, Queen” (incomplete)
“The Passion of Leudegar” (incomplete)

Noble, Thomas & Head, Thomas, eds., Soldiers of Christ: Saints and Saints’ Lives from Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages. ISBN: 9780271013459
“The Life of Saint Augustine” by Possidius
“The Life of Saint Benedict, Abbot of Aniane and of Inde” by Ardo
“The Life of Saint Boniface” by Willibald
“The Life of Saint Gerald of Aurillac” by Odo of Cluny
“The Life of Saint Germanus of Auxerre” by Constantius of Lyon
“The Life of Saint Leoba” by Rudolf
“The Life of Saint Martin of Tours” by Sulpicius Severus
“The Life of Saint Sturm” by Eigil
“The Life of Saint Willehad”
“The Hodoeporicon of Saint Willibald” by Huneberc of Heidenheim
“The Life of Saint Willibrord” by Alcuin

Pizarro, Joaquín Martínez, trans., The Story of Wamba: Julian of Toledo’s Historiae Wambae regis. ISBN: 9780813214122
“The Story of Wamba” by Julian of Toledo

Schaf, Philip and Wace, Henry, eds., Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Volume III: Theodoret, Jerome, Gennadius, Rufinus: Historical Writings, etc.. ISBN: 056709412X
“Lives of Illustrious Men” by Jerome
“Lives of Illustrious Men” by Gennadius 3

Stouck, Mary-Ann, ed., Medieval Saints: A Reader. ISBN: 9781551111018
“St. Antony the Great” by Athanasius
“The Life and Miracles of St. Benedict” by Gregory the Great
“Christina the Astonishing” by Thomas de Cantimpré
“Lives of St. Christopher: The Irish Libar Breac” by Murchadh Ó Cuindlis
“Lives of St. Christopher: The South English Legendary” by Jacobus de Voragine
“The Trials and Execution of Cyprian” by Pontius
“Life of St. Edmund, King and Martyr” by Aelfric of Eynsham
“The Passion of SS. Perpetua and Felicitas”
“The Conversion of St. Francis of Assisi and the Founding of His Order” by Thomas of Celano
“Life of St. Francis: The Stigmata” by St. Bonaventure
“St. Gall” by Walahfrid Strabo
“Godric of Finchale” by Reginald of Durham
“Life of St. Maiol, Abbot of Cluny” by Odilo of Cluny
“St. Margaret, Queen of Scotland” by Turgot
“Life of St. Margaret of Antioch” (Old French edition)
“Life of St. Martin of Tours” by Sulpicius Severus
“Mary of Egypt” by Sophronius
“St. Paul of Thebes” by Jerome
“Paul the Simple” by Palladius
“The Passion of SS. Perpetua and Felicitas”
“The Martyrdom of Saint Polycarp Bishop of Smyrna”
“Life of St. Radegund” by Venantius Fortunatus
“Symeon Stylites” by Theodoret of Cyrrhus
“Umilta of Faenza” by Margaret of Faenza
“St. Ursula and the Eleven Thousand Virgins” by Herric
“The Martyrs of Lyons and Vienne” by Eusebius of Caesaria

Thorpe, Lewis, trans., Einhard and Notker the Stammerer: Two Lives of Charlemagne. ISBN: 9780140442137
“The Life of Charlemagne” by Einhard
“Charlemagne” by Notker

Van Dam, Raymond, Saints and Their Miracles in Late Antique Gaul. ISBN: 9780691021126
“The Miracles of St. Hilary” by Venantius Fortunatus
“The Miracles of the Bishop St. Martin” by Gregory of Tours
“The Suffering and Miracles of the Martyr St. Julian” by Gregory of Tours
“The Suffering of the Martyr St. Julian”

Webb, J. F. & Farmer, D. H., trans., The Age of Bede. ISBN: 9780140447279
“The Voyage of St. Brendan”
“The Anonymous History of Abbot Ceolfrid”
“Life of Cuthbert” by Bede
“Lives of the Abbots of Wearmouth and Jarrow” by Bede 4
“Life of Wilfrid” by Eddius Stephanus

White, Carolinne, trans., Early Christian Lives. ISBN: 9780140435269
“Life of Antony” by Athanasius
“Life of Benedict” by Gregory the Great
“Life of Hilarion” by Jerome
“Life of Malchus” by Jerome
“Life of Martin of Tours” by Sulpicius Severus
“Life of Paul of Thebes” by Jerome

1 Contain various short lives and miracle stories.
2 Each of these contain various short lives.
3Each of these contain various short lives.
4Contains various lives.


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5 responses to “Hagiography or "What I’ve been doing since my TV Blew Up"

  1. Brigit

    November 18, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    Thanks, I found this a very useful list.

  2. Medieval History Geek

    November 18, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    Glad it was helpful. It has me contemplating putting together everything I have from a primary/contemporary/near contemporary source in translation to English.On the one hand, it sounds daunting – and looks like it when I look at my shelves. OTOH, the actual data entry may be half, or more, done with the above because most sources will only require one entry – Paulinus of Nola's Letters, Theodoret of Cyyrus' History, Themistius' Orations or Gregory the Great's Dialogues are just one entry each. I don't have many anthologies, other than a few Norse Sagas.


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