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 Vita Eulogii

(271 words)

Author(s): Wolf, Kenneth B.
Life of Eulogius Paul Alvarus (Albar, Alvaro) Date: 854 Original Language: Latin Description This is a hagiographical treatment of the life and death of Eulogius of Cordova, Alvarus' friend and co-apologist for the so-called 'martyrs of Cordova'. Eulogius was executed by the Muslim authorities on 11 March 859, for harboring a female convert from Islam to Christianity and encouraging her apostasy. Alvarus followed the well-established conventions of the passiones, which described the deaths of Christian martyrs of the Roman period. Significance Though written with a typically…

Unknown author

(87 words)

Author(s): Wolf, Kenneth B.
The Chronicle of 754 Date of Birth: Unknown, probably early 8th c. Place of Birth: Unknown, probably Spain Date of Death: Unknown, after 754 Place of Death: Unknown, probably Spain Biography Nothing is known about the author other than what can be deduced from the text itself. He appears to have been a mid-8th century Latin Christian cleric living under Muslim rule somewhere in al-Andalus. Primary Sources of Information --   Secondary Sources of Information -- Works on Christian-Muslim Relations Continuatio Hispana Kenneth B. Wolf

 Continuatio Hispana

(606 words)

Author(s): Wolf, Kenneth B.
The Chronicle of 754Continuatio Isidoriana HispanaThe Chronicle of 754Mozarabic Chronicle of 754, Hispanic Chronicle of 754 Unknown author Date: 754 Original Language: Latin Description This is an anonymous chronicle covering Mediterranean history from the accession of Heraclius in 610 to 754, apparently conceived as a continuation of Isidore of Seville's Chronica majora. Faithful to the 'universal chronicle' tradition established by Eusebius, the author treats Byzantine, Arab and Iberian history simultaneously, dating all entries in terms of th…

 Indiculus luminosus

(215 words)

Author(s): Wolf, Kenneth B.
A Shining declaration Paul Alvarus (Albar, Alvaro) Date: 854 Original Language: Latin Description Like the treatises of Eulogius of Cordova, the first half of the Indiculus luminosus seeks to defend the ‘Cordovan martyrs’ of the 850s from criticism by fellow Cordovan Christians. The second and more interesting half is devoted to biblical exegesis, divided between Daniel’s prophecies about the Antichrist and Job’s descriptions of Leviathan and Behemoth. In both cases, Alvarus uses his commentaries to disparage Islam and its prophet. Significance Alvarus’ exegetical assault on…

Paul Alvarus (Albar, Alvaro)

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Author(s): Wolf, Kenneth B.
Paul Alvarus Date of Birth: Unknown, probably early 9th c. Place of Birth: Unknown, probably Cordova Date of Death: Unknown Place of Death: Unknown Biography What little is known of Alvarus’ life comes entirely from his own writings and those of his friend Eulogius of Cordova (q.v.), with whom he studied under Abbot Speraindeo (q.v.). Those of Alvarus’ writings for which we have firm dates fall between 840 and 859. He was most likely a noble-born layman and man of letters. In an obscure passage, Alvarus seems to claim J…