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Caesarius of Heisterbach
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1180-1240. Germany. Prior of the Cistercian house at Heisterbach, near Cologne. Often referred to as a chronicler, though generically this is problematic. He was an influential and prolific author, best known for theological works and hagiography. His most influential work, the Dialogus Miraculorum, is a collection of sermon exempla couched in a dialogue beteen an "enquiring novice" and a "responding monk". Caesarius' erroneous reputation as a chronicler derives from its reception as a source text for example by John Rous. In fact his only historical work was a continuatio…

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Dunphy, Graeme, “Caesarius of Heisterbach”, in: Encyclopedia of the Medieval Chronicle, Edited by: Graeme Dunphy, Cristian Bratu. Consulted online on 26 June 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emc_SIM_000381>
First published online: 2016



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