Nouvelle acquisition : Time and science in the Liber floridus of Lambert of Saint-Omer

Time and science in the Liber floridus of Lambert of Saint-Omer
Turnhout : Brepols, 2021, 264 p.
Collection Répertoire Iconographique de la Littérature du Moyen Âge ; 13
ISBN 978-2-503-59692-1

FL 2627

Résumé éditeur :

The Liber floridus is an encyclopedic compilation written in the first quarter of the twelfth century by a canon of Saint-Omer named Lambert. The work was conceived as an illustrated edition combining texts with images, with Lambert collecting earlier sources as well as contemporary literature in his attempt at synthesis and innovation. Time plays an important role, manifested in the liturgical calendar, the idea of the end of time, the movements of planets, the divisions of time in ages and years, local and universal history. Approached from a range of perspectives and from different disciplines, this volume investigates the reception of scientific ideas and the many concepts of time in the Liber floridus, conveyed in its images, texts, and diagrams, while also taking into account the various exegetical and philosophical contexts. The manuscript tradition of the Liber floridus is likewise considered, with particular attention given to the autograph manuscript, now held at the Ghent University Library, and to the oldest and most accurate copy of Lambert’s autograph, now at the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel.

Patrizia Carmassi, Dr. phil., studied in Pisa and Münster Classical Philology, Medieval History and Palaeography. Her PhD dealt with the liturgical Lectionary of the Ambrosian Church. Currently she is a senior researcher at the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel. She has also worked at the University of Göttingen and at LE STUDIUM, Orléans. Her research focuses on Medieval history, liturgy, Latin philology, codicology, the history of libraries and the concepts of time in medieval culture.  

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