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An Encyclopedia of the Dark Ages: Isidore of Seville


Before offering an English translation of St. Isidore of Seville's classic Etymologies, Ernest Brehaut provides a biography of Isidore's life, and explores his relationship to previous culture, his view of education, and his world-view in general. Isidore's vast encyclopedic systemization of ancient learning includes subjects such as theology, philosophy, medicine, and music, and is considered one of the most important sources for the history of intellectual culture in the early Middle Ages.

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Key Features

  • Offers a biography of Isidor of Seville
  • Opens the door to encyclopedic knowledge available in the early Middle Ages
  • Provides insight into the "dark ages" of history

Product Details

About the Author

Isidore of Seville (560–636) is considered to be the last Latin Father of the Church. He served as archbishop of Seville for over 30 years. In this role, he was involved in the Councils of Toledo which formed the beginnings of representative government. His Etymologiae preserved the encyclopedic knowledge of the early Middle Ages—which would otherwise have been lost—and started the trend of encyclopedic writing which was tremendously popular and beneficial in the Middle Ages. His other works include Chronica Majora and On the Nature of Things. He is honored as a saint in the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches.

About the Translator

Ernest Brehaut (1873–1953) was a professor of history at Columbia University, New York, and also the author of History of the Franks.