Hrotsvitha


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Hrot·svi·tha

 (hrōt-svē′tä)
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The only contemporary sources of information about Hrotsvitha (ca.
This book, part of Macmillan's New Middle Ages series, which presents transdisciplinary studies of medieval culture, pursues this argument primarily with a literary analysis of virgin martyr accounts beginning with Perpetua and Thecla in the second century (whom the author notes were neither both virgins and martyrs), through the patristic period with treatment of Ambrose, Jerome, and others, into the Middle Ages, with consideration of virgin martyr accounts by male writers such as Aldhelm and Wace, and female writers such as Hrotsvitha, Clemence, and Hildegard.
She compares the works of Hrotsvitha of Gandersheim to the Ambrosian narrative of Aldhelm and argues that her virgin martyrs are intelligent and active agents who make their own choices and powerfully resist the actions of unjust men.
In contrast to such Latinists as the tenth-century Hrotsvitha von Gandersheim or the twelfth-century Hildegard von Bingen, early modern German nuns rarely produced work in Latin (with the notable exception of Caritas Pirckheimer).
The dramaturgy of Hrotsvitha appears to have been an isolated experiment and the merest literary exercise.
the mystical writings of Hrotsvitha of Gandersheim, poetry of Friedrich Spee and Friedrich Klopstock, a novel of Clemens Brentano, plays by Friedrich Hebbel and Paul Heyse, and sermons of Eugen Drewermann.
Staged in early Christian Rome and based on a 10th-century play by the German nun and writer Hrotsvitha, the one-hour mystery play/opera effectively conveyed the naive mysticism of the time through a refined and complex score.