Venantius Fortunatus: A Latin Poet in Merovingian Gaul

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9780198148982: Venantius Fortunatus: A Latin Poet in Merovingian Gaul

A major Latin poet writing in the latter half of the sixth century, Venantius Fortunatus was a key figure in adapting and developing the literary tradition, influencing not only his contemporaries but also succeeding generations of writers. During his time, Fortunatus wrote for some central political and ecclesiastical figures, his verse playing not only a personal role in events of national and international significance, but also providing a vivid glimpse into the lives and characters of his various patrons. The first major study of the poet, this book illuminates all aspects of Fortunatus's work and the society in which he lived.

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Text: English, Latin (translation)
Original Language: Latin

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In this important study, the author puts hasty judgements to one side and sets out to conduct afresh a careful examination of Fortunatus's work and its significance in the context of his life and times. There emerges en route an interesting and nuanced picture of the world in which he moved and the conditions obtaining there. There is an extensive and informative select bibliography, thorough and accessible footnotes that make the book a joy to use, and a good general index ... a rich study of great interest, which with finely-honed critical judgement and great fellow-feeling sheds new light on the person and motivations of Fortunatus and his secular work. It cannot fail to illuminate those whose interest lies more specifically in his religious poetry too. * Anthony Ward, SM, Ephemerides Liturgicae 107 (1993) * 'This volume is an impressive assessment of Fortunatus's technique as a poet and of his significance in society ... The book is high quality scholarship ... It can be recommended with entusiasm to persons who have the resources and interests.' William G. Rusch, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Religious Studies Review, Volume 19, Number 3 / July 1993 `Judith George ... deserves the thanks of all students of the early Middle Ages in the West for her most elegant and engaging study of a poet who wrote a whole series of occasional pieces for a variety of distinguished patrons ... for the readers of this book there is much pleasure and instruction in store. J B Hall, The Classical Review XLIII.I 1993 'G. advances our understanding of Fortunatus's success as a poet in the treacherous world of Merovingian politics. G.'s book does make a contribution to the literature on Fortunatus ... specialists may find it worthwhile to examine G.'s commentary on individual poems.' William E. Klingshirn, The Catholic University of America, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 4.1 (1993) `long-overdue book ... It is a book which deserves to have a major impact on the historiography of early medieval France. As an incidental bonus, the eight poems translated in Appendix I, though plainly not conceived as literary translation in the Helen Waddell sense, are well chosen to illustrate the extrinsic interest of Venantius's poetry, and represented in vigorous and felicitous prose versions with facing text.' Heythrop Journal

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