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By Karine Ugé

The production of a earlier for themselves used to be of urgent value to spiritual groups, permitting them to extend their prestige and legitimise their life. This e-book examines the method in a bunch of groups from the southern a part of Flanders (the clergymen of Saint-Bertin at Saint-Omer, the group of Saint-Rictrude at Marchiennes and the canons of Saint-Am?© at Douai) over a interval operating from the 9th to the top of the 11th century. The primary rivalry is that the groups produced their narratives (history, hagiography, constitution fabrics) for a particular time and goal, often as a reaction to or meant answer of inner or exterior crises. The booklet additionally discusses how the situations which caused narrative construction had an impression not just at the content material but in addition at the kind of the texts.

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26. Vita Columbani, lib. II, c. 8, p. 124. There is no doubt, however, that the actual see was Thérouanne and not Boulogne: see Mériaux, ‘Thérouanne’, p. 389, n. 40. The vitae of Fuscianus and Victoricus belong to the so-called Rictrovarius cycle, from the name of a Roman prefect believed to have executed many missionaries in the region of Amiens. De Sanctis Martyribus Fusciano et Victorico, Morinorum Apostolis (BHL 3225), ASB (Brussels, 1783), I, pp. 153–72 (short version) and ‘Actes inédits des saints martyrs Fuscien, Victoric et Gentien’ (BHL 3224), ed.

Memorial of Saint Dunstan, p. 389. Memorial of Saint Dunstan, p. 388. Below, p. 47. Simon, Gesta, c. 1, p. 636. 103 In spite of Roderic’s lack of success at Saint-Bertin, Baldwin IV entrusted him with the restoration of the community of Bergues-Saint-Winnoc in 1022. 105 The first signs that Sithiu felt that its landholding was threatened by local landowners and petty potentates also date from the time of Roderic’s abbacy.

19, pp. 38–9, a. 788. Diplomata Belgica I, no. 18, pp. 37–8, a. 776; no. 13, pp. 27–9, a. 723; no. 21, pp. 40–1. Diplomata Belgica I, no. 9, pp. 21–2, a. 708; no. 22, pp. 42–3, a. 806. 32 Such an increase in monks and possessions allowed Sithiu to further its apostolic task by establishing new monastic houses and patronizing already existing forms of religious activity. For example, the VW1 mentions the donation of Wormhout (dep. Pas-de-Calais, arr. Dunkerque) to St Bertin, who decided to found there a monastery and a hospital for the poor.

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