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Author(s): McMillin, Linda A.
Pelagius Hrotsvit of Gandersheim Date: Unknown; probably about 955 Original Language: Latin Description 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 tells us that her source for the tale is a firsthand witness’s account. This would seem possible…

Hrotsvit of Gandersheim

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Author(s): McMillin, Linda A.
Hrotsvit of Gandersheim, Hroswitha, Hrosvit, Roswitha Date of Birth: Approximately 935 Place of Birth: Saxony Date of Death: Approximately 1000 Place of Death: Gandersheim, between the dioceses of Hildesheim and Mainz Biography Hrotsvit lived as a canoness at the abbey of Gandersheim where she was a prolific writer and playwright. Little is known about the details of her life aside from a small number of biographical clues contained within her writings. An independent Benedictine community of women, both nuns and canonesses, G…