The Chronicle of Hugh of Flavigny: Reform and the Investiture Contest in the Late Eleventh Century, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Chronicle of Hugh of Flavigny

Reform and the Investiture Contest in the Late Eleventh Century, 1st Edition

By Patrick Healy


276 pages

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This book is a detailed study of Hugh of Flavigny and his chronicle, which is widely recognised as one of the most important narratives of a crucial period of European history, that is, the Investiture Contest. Hugh's Chronicon is significant in a number of ways: as a unique source-book for some of the most important primary documents (especially papal letters) generated by the Investiture Contest; as a rare autograph manuscript which gives an important insight into contemporary modes of composition and compilation; as an important history of the 'local' effects of the Investiture Contest in the dioceses of Verdun and Autun; and as a striking autobiography of the author, Hugh of Flavigny. All these aspects are covered in this study by Patrick Healy. Other chapters investigate the context of the work in terms of ecclesiastical politics and use an analysis of the political and theological sources to illustrate the intellectual make-up of a contemporary monk, publicist - and polemicist.


'This is an important study, informed by close readings of the Chronicon itself, parallel texts and sources, and a very extensive body of scholarly literature. There is a real sense that no possible source for Hugh's text has been neglected. The analysis is persuasive and challenges readers to rethink ideas of a 'friendship network' and especially the ways in which both texts and intellectual/propagandistic concepts were transmitted in this period, all of which are underpinned by Healy's close reading of the autograph. The study is to be especially commended for its careful balance between the local and broader contexts of reform, both of which informed Hugh's outlook and the text itself… this book is and will be a key study for anyone working on the eleventh-century reform movement, its intellectual underpinnings, and perhaps especially the transmission of ideas, and of canonical and other texts in Western Europe during this period.' Archives ’Healy’s study offers a mine of information about the Chronicon and its author.’ English Historical Review '… une importante contribution à l’histoire de la Querelle des investitures sur le terrain des monastères et des diocèses et non plus seulement vue de Rome; il démontre également la place exceptionnelle tenue par la chronique d’Hugues de Flavigny dans l’histoire du conflit entre Église et Empire à la fin du XIe s.' Cahiers de civilisation médiévale

About the Author

Dr Patrick Healy is IRCHSS Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of History, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

About the Series

Church, Faith and Culture in the Medieval West

Church, Faith and Culture in the Medieval West

The series Church, Faith and Culture in the Medieval West reflects the central concerns necessary for any in-depth study of the medieval Church - greater cultural awareness and interdisciplinarity. Including both monographs and edited collections, this series draws on the most innovative work from established and younger scholars alike, offering a balance of interests, vertically through the period from c.400 to c.1500 or horizontally across Latin Christendom. Topics covered range from cultural history, the monastic life, relations between Church and State to law and ritual, palaeography and textual transmission. All authors, from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds, share a commitment to innovation, analysis and historical accuracy.

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HISTORY / General