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Anselm Of Laon In The Twelfth-Century Schools: Between Fama And Memoria

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This chapter shows that Abelard only reported one part of the story and he would thus like to reduce the oblivion into which Anselm of Laon has plunged in medieval historiography. Moreover, when one tries to collect all the sources that speak of Anselm, one is forced to recognize that their diversity could defy any attempt at synthesis. In fact, according to the charters, the manuscripts, the chronicles and the letters-to cite some of the many available written records-there is not only one memory of Anselm, but many memories. The chapter explains these memories of a single man by trying both to respect their diversity and give a comprehensive overlook. It addresses this problem by answering two main questions: How did the reputation of a living master transform into memory after his death? What effects were produced by this kind of memory in the twelfth-century schools?.

Keywords: Abelard; Anselm of Laon; medieval historiography; twelfth-century schools



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