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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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Ruotger, Bruno, and the Fathers

Ruotger, Bruno, and the Fathers

(p.78) 3 Ruotger, Bruno, and the Fathers
Church and Cosmos in Early Ottonian Germany

Henry Mayr‐Harting

Oxford University Press

In assessing the reading which went into Ruotger's creation of his image of Bruno, the Bible (including St Paul), the classics, the Rule of St Benedict, and the early Christian poets and hagiographers have all been given full value by scholars; but the Christian Latin fathers, or more particularly Augustine and Pope Gregory the Great, have been underrated. This chapter explores the influence of Augustine and Gregory on Ruotger's work. Ruotger was significantly influenced at least by Augustine's Christian Doctrine and City of God, and even more by Gregory the Great's Letters and Pastoral Care.

Keywords:   Augustine, Gregory the Great, Christian Doctrine, City of God, Letters, Pastoral Care

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