Vita compendiosa sancti Winwaloei

Bernard (Jacques) (d. 1652)
  • Latin
  • prose

A short redaction of Wrdisten’s vita of St Winwaloe from Quimper MS 16, created by the Jesuit Jacques Bernard (d. 1652) for inclusion in the Acta sanctorum (Martius I). BHL 8964.

Vita compendiosa sancti Winwaloei
Title after Poulin (2003).
Jacques Bernard [d. 1652]Bernard (Jacques) ... d. 1652
Jesuit hagiographer.
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  • Latin
prose (primary)
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(Possible) sources: Vita (longior) sancti WinwaloeiVita (longior) sancti WinwaloeiLonger version of the Latin Life of Winwaloeus (Guénolé) written by Wrdisten. BHL 8957–8958. The bulk of the work is in prose (BHL 8957), while the final part gives a shorter, metrical account (BHL 8958).



origins of Brittany (narrative world), c. 4th-6th centuuries
origins of Brittany (narrative world), c. 4th-6th centuuries
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The time of migration and settlememt in Brittany, c. 4th-6th century, typically associated with the founding rulers (Conan Meriadoc, Gradlon/Grallon, Guiomar/Guigemar, etc.) and early founding saints (e.g. Paul Aurelian, Samson of Dol, Tudwal/Tugdual of Tréguier, Winwaloe of Landevenneg, Brioc, Malo, Corentin of Quimper, Paternus/Padarn, Goueznou).

(supp. fl. 6th c.)
Gwenole, Guénolé, Winwaloe, Winwaloeus, Guingalois
Reputed founder, first abbot and patron saint of Landévennec in Cornouaille (now in Finistère, Brittany).
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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.] Acta sanctorum quotquot toto orbe coluntur, vel a catholicis scriptoribus celebrantur, 68 vols, vol. 6: Martius I (1–8), Antwerp: Ioannes Meursius, 1668.
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256–261 [‘Tertia vita auctore a Gurdestino monacho. Ex MS. Armorico’]

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Poulin, Joseph-Claude, “Les réécritures dans l’hagiographie bretonne (VIIe-XIe siècles)”, in: Monique Goullet, and Martin Heinzelmann (eds), La réécriture hagiographique dans l’occident médiéval: transformations formelles et idéologiques, 58, Ostfildern: Jan Thorbecke, 2003. 145–194.
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148, 187
Poulin, Joseph-Claude, “Sources hagiographiques de la Gaule [SHG], V: Le dossier de Saint Guénolé de Landevennec (Province de Bretagne)”, Francia 23:1 (1996).
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Ramé, Alfred, “Rapport sur le cartulaire de Landévennec”, Bulletin du Comité des travaux historiques et scientifiques (1882): 419–448.
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