Hrabanus Maurus, De Laudibus sanctae crucis


The poem De Laudibus sancte crucis (In Praise of the Holy Cross) is the work of Hrabanus Maurus (b. 780/781, d. 856), one of the greatest teachers and scholars of the Carolingian age. Maurus became known as the praeceptor Germaniae (Teacher of Germany) and was in charge of the well-known imperial abbey school of Fulda, in central Germany, and later archbishop of Mainz. While in Fulda he composed this poem. The elaborate work comprises a set of verses where the words both embody and celebrate the cross, drawing on an Antique tradition of arranging words and phrases within figures.

This elegant copy was made in the abbey of St Germain des Prés in Paris around the middle of the 11th century. The extensive illustration includes 30 monumental figured poems by a skilled artist, Ingelardus, whose work is identifiable in several manuscripts from this Abbey.

This manuscript was digitised with the support of The Polonsky Foundation.

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Hrabanus Maurus, De Laudibus sanctae crucis
Mid-11th century, Paris
Hrabanus Maurus
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