By Henry Mayr-Harting
Integrating the intense biography of Bruno, Archbishop of Cologne (953-65) and brother of Emperor Otto I, by way of the in a different way vague monk Ruotger, with the highbrow tradition of Cologne Cathedral, it is a examine of tangible politics together with Ottonian ruler ethic. Our wisdom of Cologne highbrow job within the interval, except Ruotger, needs to be pieced jointly customarily from marginal annotations and glosses in surviving Cologne manuscripts, displaying how and with what issues probably the most vital books of the Latin West have been learn in Bruno's and Ruotger's Cologne. those comprise Pope Gregory the Great's Letters, Prudentius's Psychomachia, Boethius's Arithmetic, and Martianus Capella's Marriage of Philology and Mercury. The writing within the margins of the manuscripts, in addition to enlarging our photograph of pondering in Cologne in itself, could be drawn into comparability with the outlook of Ruotger. Exploring how particular Cologne was once, in comparison with different centres, Henry Mayr-Harting brings out an all at once robust thread of Platonism within the tenth-century mind. The e-book encompasses a serious version of potentially the earliest surviving, and hitherto unpublished, set of glosses to Boethius's Arithmetic, with an in depth research in their content material.
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Mainz] rather than to our enemies. In order to be militarily effective in Lotharingia, Bruno needed to be able to raise an effective ﬁghting force, and the estates of the archbishopric of Cologne by themselves could certainly not sufﬁce for this. Bruno had many episcopal and abbatial protégés in Lotharingia, but there were problems about using the resources of their churches. ¹⁰² One could not raise ﬁghting men on one’s reputation for holiness alone! Any such limitations on the power of Bruno’s protégés in Lotharingian dioceses, such as Nightingale has brought out,¹⁰³ were also limitations to Bruno’s own inﬂuence.
From documentary evidence, we know that in 940 Bruno became chancellor. For this and its signiﬁcance, see Laudage, Otto der Grosse, 105–7. ³⁹ Ruotger, c. 5, p. 7, ll. 14–15. 12 Bruno of Cologne and Ruotger’s Life stress on the accord of king and clergy and laity of Cologne. ⁴⁰ Ruotger may have shown a streak of disingenuousness here, since virtually from the start the position of archbishop of Cologne was held by Bruno with the dukedom of Lotharingia, Cologne being on the left bank of the Rhine and hence itself within Lotharingia.
He wrote within four years of Bruno’s death, for an audience (which included bishops) of those who knew him well, on the commission of Folcmar, Bruno’s successor as archbishop and previously administrator of the cathedral under him. ⁴⁷ If the main reason why he was chosen for the task was his all-round learning—biblical, classical, and patristic—and his powerful style of writing, it is at the same time unlikely that he got his facts wrong to any signiﬁcant degree. Where we can control what he says from an independent source, it supports Ruotger’s picture.