A Companion to Hrotsvit of Gandersheim (fl. 960): Contextual by Phyllis R. Brown

By Phyllis R. Brown

Hrotsvit wrote tales, performs, and histories in the course of the reign of Emperor Otto the nice (962-973). Twelve unique essays survey her paintings, exhibiting ancient roots and contexts, Christian values, and a shockingly glossy grappling with questions of id and feminine self-realization.

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Hrotsvit in Context: Convents and Culture in Ottonian Germany Jane Stevenson1 Hrotsvit’s life and work existed within physical, social, and intellectual contexts that intersected and overlapped. The milieu and material culture of the Ottonian royal convents, their intellectual life, and the relations of the convents’ inhabitants with, and their perceptions of, the wider world all shed light on what she meant by her writings. The ways in which Hrotsvit’s life and œuvre relate to Ottonian interactions with the Byzantine Empire are of special importance.

165. 42 Asmus, 1200 Jahre Magdeburg, pp. 22–24. 43 Asmus, 1200 Jahre Magdeburg, pp. 24–25. hrotsvit and her world 19 Otto called the monk Anno to be the first abbot of St Maurice. Anno and 12 of his Trier monastic brothers constituted the new convent in Magdeburg. In 950 when Otto returned Anno to the west, designating him bishop in Worms, he balanced this step by drawing Anno’s successor in Magdeburg from the very old cloister Reichenau on Lake Constance. In like manner, Otto named Abbot Adalbert of Weissenburg in Alsace, former monk in Trier, as the first archbishop in Magdeburg.

When Gerberga directed her to write a panegyric on the Ottonians shortly after the imperial coronation of Otto in 962, this acknowledged Hrotsvit’s stature as a poet, the special status of Gandersheim, and the lofty position of European leadership that the ruling family had attained. Hrotsvit’s personal admiration and 33 Wells, “Politics,” p. 113. 34 Goetting, Das reichsunmittelbare Kanonissenstift Gandersheim, pp. 290–91; Wells, “Politics,” p. 116. 35 On Gandersheim’s independence from political control other than the emperor’s, see Goetting, Das reichsunmittelbare Kanonissenstift Gandersheim, pp.

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