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Church and Cosmos in Early Ottonian GermanyThe View from Cologne$
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Henry Mayr-Harting

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199210718

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199210718.001.0001

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Bruno of Cologne and Ruotger's Life of Bruno

Bruno of Cologne and Ruotger's Life of Bruno

(p.1) 1 Bruno of Cologne and Ruotger's Life of Bruno
Church and Cosmos in Early Ottonian Germany

Henry Mayr‐Harting

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the real politics in which Bruno of Cologne was involved, as well as on the principal source for Ruotger's Life of Bruno. Ruotger's Life of Bruno is the most important piece of writing known to have come out of 10th-century Cologne. No single text gives clearer expression to the ideal of what historians have called the Ottonian Imperial Church System. In highly charged and confrontational language, the Life of this younger brother of Otto I described his education, his efforts to secure peace in the East Frankish kingdom, especially in Lotharingia by combining the offices of archbishop and duke, his reform of monasteries and his building-works such as at St Pantaleon of Cologne, his pastoral conduct and desire to establish good pastors in other Lotharingian sees, his death — at length and in accordance with time-honoured hagiographical traditions — and his testament.

Keywords:   Ruotger, Life of Bruno, Cologne, Otto I, Ottonian Imperial Church System, East Frankish kingdom, Lotharingia

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