Heretical catholics and catholic heretics: Isidore of Seville and the religious history of the Goths

Wood, Jamie (2005) Heretical catholics and catholic heretics: Isidore of Seville and the religious history of the Goths. In: From Orosius to the Historia Silense: four essays on the late antique and early medieval historiography of the Iberian peninsula. Bristol Medieval Studies (2). Hiplam / University of Bristol, Bristol, pp. 17-50. ISBN 9780862925574

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This paper examines the various redactions of Isidore of Seville’s Historia Gothorum, Wandalorum et Sueborum, and his other main historical work, the Chronica, suggesting that his depiction of the Goths’ religious past was intimately tied up with present political and religious conditions as well as his own personal interests. This dictated that he rewrite significant portions of the history of the Goths in order to underplay, ignore or explain away certain uncomfortable facts, especially their 200-year-long foray into Arianism, while emphasising other episodes in order to gain maximum rhetorical capital. However, not only did he reconstitute the religious history of the Goths, but he focussed on and reinterpreted identical categories in his presentation of the religious histories of the Roman Emperors, and Vandal kings, so that wherever possible they could be contrasted negatively with the Goths.

Keywords:Medieval History, Spain, Religion
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V224 Iberian History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V130 Medieval History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V330 History of Religions
Divisions:College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (History)
ID Code:7409
Deposited On:04 Feb 2013 13:07

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