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Aspects of the Language of Latin Prose$
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Tobias Reinhardt, Michael Lapidge, and J. N. Adams

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263327

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263327.001.0001

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Realistic Writing in the Tenth Century: Gerhard of Augsburg’s Vita S. Uodalrici

Realistic Writing in the Tenth Century: Gerhard of Augsburg’s Vita S. Uodalrici

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(p.376) (p.377) Realistic Writing in the Tenth Century: Gerhard of Augsburg’s Vita S. Uodalrici
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Aspects of the Language of Latin Prose
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Walter Berschin

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197263327.003.0019

This chapter draws attention to a work that stands outside the sphere of Saxony and the Ottonian court: the Vita S. Uodalrici by Gerhard of Augsburg (composed 982×993). This work has come down in twenty-five medieval manuscripts, two of which are preserved in Oxford. Gerhard, the biographer of Ulrich, was a priest of the bishopric of Augsburg and seems to have belonged to the household of Ulrich during the last twenty years of Ulrich’s bishopric. His vocabulary is limited. Gerhard’s Vita S. Uodalrici consists of 23,103 words (not including names and numbers), but only 2,742 different lexical items are found within it. It was criticized for its mass of barbarous names and its realism within ten or fifteen years of its publication.

Keywords:   Gerhard, Augsburg, Vita S. Uodalrici, medieval manuscripts, bishopric

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