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ERIC Number: ED521759
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 315
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1241-4159-6
The Old Saxon Leipzig "Heliand" Manuscript Fragment (MS L): New Evidence Concerning Luther, the Poet, and Ottonian Heritage
Price, Timothy Blaine
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of California, Berkeley
Begun as an investigation of the linguistic and paleographic evidence on the Old Saxon Leipzig "Heliand" fragment, the dissertation encompasses three analyses spanning over a millennium of that manuscript's existence. First, a direct analysis clarifies errors in the published transcription (4.2). The corrections result from digital imaging processes (2.3) which reveal scribal details that are otherwise invisible. A revised phylogenic tree (2.2) places MS L as the oldest extant "Heliand" document. Further buoying this are transcription corrections for all six "Heliand" manuscripts (4.1). Altogether, the corrections contrast with the Old High German Tatian's "Monotessaron" (3.3), i.e. the poet's assumed source text (3.1). In fact, digital analysis of MS L reveals a small detail (4.2) not present in the Tatian text, thus calling into question earlier presumptions about the location and timing of the "Heliand"'s creation (14.4). Second, given centuries-long rumors (6.2, 7.1) that Luther once had a "Heliand" codex, the MS L discovery in Leipzig is conspicuous: close to Luther's Wittenberg, Leipzig is also home to the library dedicated by Luther (5.1)--the very institution at which MS L was discovered. The analysis investigates: whence the Luther rumors come (7.1); their veracity (8.4, 9.1); and their timing relative to Luther (6.3, 10.4, 11.3). The result: a "Heliand" codex existed in Leipzig prior to Luther's death (6.2). Moreover, the men responsible for its presence there were those who established that library (5.1). These men comprised Luther's inner circle of Reformation thinkers (6.2). Additionally, the identity of one "rumor" author, an enigmatic Reformation firebrand by the name of Ioannes Manlius (9.2), is revealed. Third, a trail of the Leipzig "Heliand" codex is traced through time, linking Luther's "Heliand" codex to "Heliand" manuscripts L and P (2.1). A second trail back to the epic's creation date (13.4) points to Ottonian dynasty involvement in disseminating the "Heliand" to the discovery locations of the extant manuscripts (14.3). A further connection between the Ottonian Harz and Southern England (14.3) proves a ring existed between Medieval England and Ottonian Germany allowing for trade of histories and religious materials (14.5). [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany; United Kingdom (England)