Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Die äLtesten Viten Papst Cölestins V. (Peters Vom Morrone)

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Die äLtesten Viten Papst Cölestins V. (Peters Vom Morrone)

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Die ältesten Viten Papst Cölestins V. (Peters vom Morrone). Edited by Peter Herde. [Monumenta Germaniae Histórica: Scriptores Rerum Germanicarum, Nova Series, XXHI.] (Hannover: Hahnsche Buchhandlung. 2008. Pp. xii, 282. euro38,00. ISBN 978-3-775-20223-7.)

The oldest hagiographies of Pietro da Murrone, also known as Pope and Saint Celestine V (1294), are three: an "autobiography," the text De continua conversation, and the Tractatus de vita et operibus atque obitu ipsius sandi viri. Peter Herde, who wrote Cölestin V (1294) (Stuttgart, 1981), provides an edited version here of the sole surviving medieval manuscript and two earlymodern ones. The "autobiography" has been printed several times before: by the Bollandists in 1866, by Arsenio Frugoni in 1954, and by Vincenzo Licitra in 1992. These editions are deficient: the Bollandists merely reprinted a faulty seventeenth-century text; Frugoni made transcription errors and did not provide an apparatus fontium; and Licitra, not immune from typographical errors himself, had his edition published by an obscure Italian research institute which never distributed the volume to the public. Iicitra's "publication" is the lone product of an ambitious project begun by Raoul Manselli (1917-84) to re-edit all of the material related to Celestine V Out of deference to this project, Herde waited to publish his own edition, turning in the typescript to the Monumenta Germaniae Histórica (MGH) in 1983. Some twenty-five years later, the MGH has published his updated work. In his introduction and notes to the texts, Herde gently corrects minor misapprehensions in his previous publications and, more pointedly, substantial mistakes in works of other scholars. …

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