Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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Hrotsvit of Gandersheim

Date: Unknown; probably about 955

Original Language: Latin


Written in leonine hexameters and running to 413 lines, Pelagius tells the story of the martyrdom of a young Christian man in Cordova in 925 on the order of the Caliph ʿAbd al-Raḥmān III. Among Hrotsvit’s legends and plays, this is the only work focused on a contemporary figure and not based on written sources. Hrotsvit tell…

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McMillin, Linda A., “ Pelagius”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 30 September 2020 <>
First published online: 2010

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