Richard of St Victor's theological works

Description

Probably of Scottish origin, Richard of St Victor (d. 1173) was one of the most important theologians of the 12th century, renowned for articulating a mystical and contemplative theology. Richard taught at the school of the Augustinian abbey of St Victor in Paris from the 1150s, and served as prior from 1162 until his death.

Richard left an extensive body of writing – over thirty works, including many biblical commentaries and books of mystical or spiritual theology. This manuscript is a particularly valuable witness of Richard’s thought, as it was made at St Victor while Richard was prior, or perhaps shortly after his death.

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

Full title:
Richard of St Victor, Theological works
Created:
1171–1190, Paris
Format:
Manuscript
Language:
Latin
Creator:
Richard of St Victor
Usage terms
Public Domain
Held by
Bibliothèque nationale de France
Shelfmark:
Latin 14516

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