Letter from Aldhelm to Wihtfrith

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Letter from Aldhelm to Wihtfrith

    Letter from Aldhelm to Wihtfrith

    Aldhelm
    • Latin, Anglo-Latin
    • prose
    • Anglo-Latin texts, Letter
    A letter from Aldhelm to an English student named Wihtfrith. Wihtfrith intends to study in Ireland, but Aldhelm advises him against it. The form in which the text survives is as a quotation in Book V of William of Malmesbury's Gesta pontificum Anglorum.
    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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    Language
    • Latin Anglo-Latin
    Form
    prose (primary)
    Addressee
    Wihtfrith [student addressed by Aldhelm]

    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 the entry for the relevant manuscript.

    [ed.] Ehwald, Rudolf, Aldhelmi opera, MGH Scriptores. Auctores antiquissimi 15, Berlin: Weidmann, 1919.
    Dmgh.de: <link>
    479–480
    [tr.] Herren, Michael, “Letters”, in: Lapidge, Michael, and Michael Herren, Aldhelm: the prose works, Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1979.
    154–155

    Howlett, David, “Aldhelm and Irish learning”, Bulletin de Cange 52 (1994): 50–75.
    58   [2] “Aldhelm's letter to Wihtfrith”
    Herren, Michael, “Letters”, in: Lapidge, Michael, and Michael Herren, Aldhelm: the prose works, Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1979.
    Ehwald, Rudolf, Aldhelmi opera, MGH Scriptores. Auctores antiquissimi 15, Berlin: Weidmann, 1919.
    Dmgh.de: <link>
    475–503   “Epistulae (Aldhelmi et ad Aldhelmum)”
    (1) ad Leutherium, (AD) 671 (pp. 475-478); (2) ad Hadrianum, 675 (p. 478); (3) ad Wihtfridum, 675 (pp. 479-480); (4) ad Geruntium, 680 (pp. 480-486); (5) ad Ehfridum, 686/90 (pp. 486-494); (6) I epistola Scotti cuiusdam, 695, 705 (p. 494); (7) II epistola Aethilwaldi, c. 705 (pp. 495-497); (8) ad Sigegytham, ante 705 (p. 497); (9) III epistola Cellani (pp. 498–499); (10) ad Cellanum, ante 705 (p. 499); (11) ad Aethilwaldum, post 705 (pp. 499-500); (12) ad Wilfridi abbates, 705/6 (pp. 500-502); (13) ad Winberhtum, 705/9 (pp. 502-503)

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