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H. E. J. Cowdrey

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199259601

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199259601.001.0001

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Scholar and Teacher

Scholar and Teacher

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As scholar and teacher, Lanfranc's intellectual concerns extended over his lifetime, but they also underwent changes so far as his priorities were concerned. He came to Normandy as a teacher of the liberal arts, and the financial needs of the abbey of Bec led him to continue as such during his long service as its prior. Nevertheless, as he grew to maturity in the life of a monk, he wished to devote himself increasingly to the study of the Bible as an aspect of monastic discipline; his determination led, in particular, to his commentaries on the Psalms and the epistles of Paul. The difficult subject of Lanfranc's theology of the eucharist and of his controversy about it with Berengar of Tours is best approached with his biblical commentaries in mind, especially in so far as they illustrate his view of the relation between authority and human learning.

Keywords:   Lanfranc, scholar, teacher, liberal arts, Bible, epistles, eucharist, Berengar, Paul, Psalms

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