Dealing with a hostile environment: Food supply and food shortage in the miracles of the Vita Columbani and the Vitae Galli

Rohr, Christian (5 July 2016). Dealing with a hostile environment: Food supply and food shortage in the miracles of the Vita Columbani and the Vitae Galli (Unpublished). In: International Medieval Congress 2016: „Food, Feast & Famine“. Leeds. 04.-07.07.2016.

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Contrary to other sources from Merovingian Gaul related to more urban areas (such as the Miracula of Gregory of Tours) the Vita Columbani discipulorumque eius, composed by Jonas of Bobbio around the year 640, is full of miracles dealing with food shortage and unexpected food supply. This fact can be interpreted on the one hand as a mirror of the ascetic lifestyle of Columbanus’s monastic communities in Eastern France (Annegray, Luxeuil, Fontaines-les-Luxeuil), on the other hand it makes the core problems of such new settlements in a hostile environment very clear. In this way, this paper not only deals with food supply, but with human-environment relationships in 6th and 7th century Gaul as well. For contextualization reasons some comparisons will be drawn to the Vitae Patrum Iurensium (from around 520) and the Lifes of St. Gall (representing the next generation of monasticism).

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of History and Archaeology > Institute of History
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of History and Archaeology > Institute of History > Economic, Social and Environmental History

UniBE Contributor:

Rohr, Christian

Subjects:

900 History
900 History > 940 History of Europe

Language:

English

Submitter:

Christian Rohr

Date Deposited:

08 Dec 2016 09:49

Last Modified:

08 Dec 2016 09:49

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Hagiographie, Frühmittelalter, Vita Columbani, Vita Galli

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/90095

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