John J.

14 publications between 1976 and 2014 indexed
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Contreni, John J., and Pádraig P. Ó Néill (eds.), Glossae divinae historiae: the biblical glosses of John Scottus Eriugena, Millenio medievale 1, Florence: SISMEL, Edizioni del Galluzzo, 1997.
Contreni, John J., Carolingian learning, masters and manuscripts, Variorum Collected Studies Series 363, Hampshire: Variorum Reprints, 1992.
Contreni, John J. [introd. and facs. ed.], Codex Laudunensis 468: a ninth-century guide to Virgil, Sedulius, and the liberal arts, Armarium Codicum Insignium 3, Turnhout: Brepols, 1984.
Contreni, John J., The cathedral school of Laon from 850 to 930: its manuscripts and masters, Münchener Beiträge zur Mediävistik und Renaissance-Forschung 29, Munich: Arbeo-Gesellschaft, 1978.
comments: Based on the author's dissertation (1971)

Contributions to journals

Contreni, John J., “‘Old orthodoxies die hard’: Herwagen’s Bridferti Ramesiensis glossae”, Peritia 22–23 (2011-2012, 2013): 15–52.
Contreni, John J., “Sedulius on Grammar [Review of: Löfstedt, Bengt [ed.], Sedulius Scottus: In Donati artem minorem. In Priscianum. In Eutychem, Corpus Christianorum, Continuatio Mediaevalis 40:C, Grammatici Hibernici Carolini Aevi 3.2, Turnhout: Brepols, 1977]”, Peritia 4 (1985): 387–390.
Contreni, John J., “The biblical glosses of Haimo of Auxerre and John Scottus Eriugena”, Speculum 51 (1976): 411–434.

Contributions to edited collections or authored works

Contreni, John J., “Women in the Age of Eriugena”, in: Otten, Willemien, and Michael I. Allen (eds), Eriugena and Creation: proceedings of the Eleventh International Conference on Eriugenian Studies, held in honor of Edouard Jeauneau, Chicago, 9–12 November 2011, Turnhout: Brepols, 2014. 31–50.
Eriugena’s discussion of the fall in Periphyseon IV includes a remarkable dialogue between God and Adam in which God rebuffs Adam’s attempt to place primary blame on Eve. In Eriugena’s view, Adam, not the woman, was culpable in the first instance for “deserting God” for the companionship of the woman. This essay focuses on historical women who inhabited the chronological and geographical world of Eriugena in order to appreciate better the historical context in which he lived and worked. Carolingian women whose actions were recorded most often engaged in activities that confronted or challenged authority. A sixth-century guidebook for noble women owned by Wulfad of Bourges, Eriugena’s close friend, clearly recommends subservient status for Christian women. At the same time, Carolingian moralists adopted a more balanced model that contrasts markedly with patristic and post-Carolingian attitudes toward women. The dialogue in Periphyseon IV would seem to share this more moderate model.
Contreni, John J., “Martin of Laon (819–875)”, Oxford dictionary of national biography, Online: Oxford University Press.
Contreni, John J., “Dícuil (fl. c.795–825)”, Oxford dictionary of national biography, Online: Oxford University Press.
Contreni, John J., “The Egyptian origins of the Irish: two ninth-century notes”, in: Wittstadt, Klaus [ed.], St. Kilian: 1300 Jahre Martyrium der Frankenapostel, Würzburg: Bistum Würzburg, 1989. 51–54.
Contreni, John J., “The Irish in the Western Carolingian Empire (according to James F. Kenney and Bern, Burgerbibliothek 363)”, in: Löwe, Heinz [ed.], Die Iren und Europa im früheren Mittelalter, 2 vols, vol. 2, Veröffentlichungen des Europa-Zentrums Tübingen. Kulturwissenschaftliche Reihe, Stuttgart: Klett-Cotta, 1982. 758–798.
Contreni, John J., “John Scottus, Martin Hiberniensis, the liberal arts, and teaching”, in: Herren, Michael W. [ed.], Insular Latin studies: papers on Latin texts and manuscripts of the British Isles, 550-1066, Papers in Mediaeval Studies 1, Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 1981. 23–44.
Contreni, John J., “The Irish ‘colony’ at Laon during the time of John Scottus”, in: Roques, René (ed.), Jean Scot Érigène et l’histoire de la philosophie: Laon 7–12 Juillet 1975, Colloques internationaux du CNRS 561, Paris: CNRS Éditions, 1977. 59–67.