Letter from Aldhelm to Wihtfrith

  • 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.
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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  • Latin Anglo-Latin
prose (primary)
Wihtfrith [student addressed by Aldhelm]Wihtfrith ... student addressed by Aldhelm
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[ed.] Ehwald, Rudolf, Aldhelmi opera, MGH Scriptores. Auctores antiquissimi 15, Berlin: Weidmann, 1919.
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[tr.] Herren, Michael, “Letters”, in: Lapidge, Michael, and Michael Herren, Aldhelm: the prose works, Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1979.
Dennis Groenewegen
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