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Letter from Aldhelm to Heahfrith

Aldhelm
  • Latin, Anglo-Latin
  • prose
  • Anglo-Latin texts, Letter
A letter from Aldhelm to an Englishman named Heahfrith. It was written to dissuade him from studying in Ireland, preferring the new English learning represented by the teachings of Theodore and Hadrian to the state of learning in Ireland.
Author
AldhelmAldhelm (d. 709) – abbot of Malmesbury and later, bishop of Sherborne; known as an author of a number of elaborate Latin tracts in prose and in verse
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Manuscripts

include:

  • London, British Library, MS Cotton Domitian ix
    f. 3
  • London, British Library, MS Royal 6 A vi
    f. 5
  • Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Digby 146
    ff. 95v–100
Language
  • Latin Anglo-Latin
Form
prose (primary)

Classification

Anglo-Latin texts
 Letter

Sources

Primary sources Text editions and/or modern translations – in whole or in part – along with publications containing additions and corrections, if known. Diplomatic editions, facsimiles and digital image reproductions of the manuscripts are not always listed here but may be found in entries for the relevant manuscripts. For historical purposes, early editions, transcriptions and translations are not excluded, even if their reliability does not meet modern standards.

[ed.] Ehwald, Rudolf, Aldhelmi opera, MGH Scriptores. Auctores antiquissimi 15, Berlin: Weidmann, 1919.
Dmgh.de: <link>
486–494
[tr.] Herren, Michael, “Letters”, in: Lapidge, Michael, and Michael Herren, Aldhelm: the prose works, Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1979.
160–164
Contributors
Dennis Groenewegen
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