Honorius Augustodunensis, his “Elucidarium”
Honorius Augustodunensis wrote a large number of works in addition to the Imago mundi, which forms the center of the present project. Of these, the most influential and best-studied is the Elucidarium.
The Elucidarium is an enclyclopaedic work similar to the Imago mundi. It was also translated into many languages and found immense popularity. However, unlike the latter, it is composed in a dialogue form.
Many manuscripts of the Elucidarium survive, some copied quite late (as this example from the 1450s, preserved in the British Library).
The Elucidarium has been the subject of multiple research projects, as for instance the research project undertaken in 2012-2013 at the University of Kent entitled Spreading the Light: Mapping the Vernacular Elucidarium in Medieval England.
Yves Lefèvre, L’Elucidarium et les lucidaires. Contribution, par l’histoire d’un texte, à l’histoire des croyances religieuses en France au Moyen Âge, Bibliothèque des Écoles françaises d’Athènes et de Rome 180 (Paris: E. de Brocard, 1954)
Ernstpeter Ruhe, Elucidarium und Lucidaires: zur Rezeption des Werks von Honorius Augustodunensis in der Romania und in England, Wissensliteratur im Mittelalter 7 (Wiesbaden, Reichert: 1993)
A fascinating lecture dedicated to the Elucidarium at the College de France by Cédric Giraud can be accessed at https://www.college-de-france.fr/site/michel-zink/seminar-2016-02-03-11h30.htm .
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