Vita Richarii primigenia

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  • prose
  • Non-Celtic texts
Earliest vita of Richarius (Riquier), an early 7th-century Frankish nobleman and founder of the monastery of Centula (Saint-Riquier, Picardy). The text has been dated to the late 7th century.
Vienna, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, MS 420
ff. 99–103
Avranches, Bibliothèque municipale, MS 167
ff. 131v–133v
  • Latin
late 7th century (Poncelet).
prose (primary)
Textual relationships
Related: Epitaphium Fricori seu HadrianiEpitaphium Fricori seu HadrianiA Latin epitaph for the Irishman Fricorus, al. Hadrianus, written by Angilbert, a Carolingian poet who was given the monastery of Centulum.
Vita RichariiVita RichariiAlcuin’s revised version of the vita of Richarius (Riquier), an early 7th-century Frankish nobleman and founder of the monastery of Centula (Saint-Riquier, Picardy).


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Richarius or Riquier, 7th-century Frankish saint and founder of two monasteries, Centule (Lat. Centula) or Saint-Riquier, as it became later known, and Cella Forestis (present-day Forest-Montier).

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Primary sources Text editions and/or modern translations – in whole or in part – along with publications containing additions and corrections, if known. Diplomatic editions, facsimiles and digital image reproductions of the manuscripts are not always listed here but may be found in entries for the relevant manuscripts. For historical purposes, early editions, transcriptions and translations are not excluded, even if their reliability does not meet modern standards.

[ed.] Krusch, Bruno, “XVII: Vita Richarii sacerdotis Centulensis primigenia”, in: Bruno Krusch, and Wilhelm Levison (eds), Passiones vitaeque sanctorum aevi Merovingici (V), 7, Hanover and Leipzig, 1920. 438–453.
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Fox, Yaniv, “The political context of Irish monasticism in seventh-century Francia: another look at the sources”, in: Sven Meeder, and Roy Flechner (eds), The Irish in early medieval Europe: identity, culture and religion, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. 53–67.
Krusch, Bruno, “Die älteste Vita Richarii”, Neues Archiv der Gesellschaft für ältere deutsche Geschichtskunde 29 (1904): 13–48.
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Poncelet, Albert, “La plus ancienne vie de S. Riquier”, Analecta Bollandiana 22 (1903): 173–194.
C. A., Dennis Groenewegen
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