Worth Talking About

Query about Catholic teachings as reflected in Byzantine/Slavic polemics

In the Russian Primary Chronicle, the Catholics who come to convince Vladimir of Kiev to adopt Catholic Christianity present their (main) 'teaching' as "Whatever one eats or drinks, it is for the glory of God". This, obviously, resonates 1 Corinthians 10:31, but I wonder if any other medieval texts uses this specific 'commandment', especially in Latin/Byzantine polemics. Thank you!

Discussion of the state of the field of early modern and medieval studies at H-EarlySlavic

Subscribers of H-Medieval may be interested in a conversation taking place at H-EarlySlavic in response to the Early Slavic Studies Association President Don Ostrowski's recent state of the field message (included in the thread).

H-Medieval subscribers can comment on that discussion by subscribing to H-EarlySlavic.


Yelena Kalinsky
H-Net Associate Director, Research & Publications

Angels and crusades?

Dear colleagues,

I am trying to find a source for a passage about the Third Crusade in a Rus' chronicle, which states that angels took bodies of the German crusaders to Heaven three days after they were killed in battle. Can anyone help? Also, can anyone recommend a work on angels in crusading literature in general? If such a work does not exist, what are good places to look for angels playing role in crusades? I know e. g. that an angel commands Charles to convert Spain in Rolandslied, and I am looking for other examples.

DePalma Digeser on Brown, 'Through the Eye of a Needle: Wealth, the Fall of Rome, and the Making of Christianity in the West, 350-550 AD'

Here's an interesting review published on H-HRE of Peter Brown's Through the Eye of the Needle (2012), a book the continues Brown's work on the Medieval period's formative years.

Extant manuscripts of Hermanni Augiensis Continuatio Sangallensis?

Dear colleagues,

I am a PhD student at the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto (but currently in Berlin), working on Orthodox/Catholic intermarriage in Kievan Rus. I was wondering whether I might ask whether any one would know where I could look to find a list of extant manuscripts of Hermann of Reichenau's Continuatio Sangallensis.