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Boethius’s Misguided Theodicy: The Consolation of Philosophy

Anicius Boethius’s The Consolation of Philosophy (c. 524) is a bold attempt to reconcile the gravity of the author’s imprisonment and impending death with a world governed by a just God.

Valentine’s Day Medieval Love: Books for that special someone

Love is in the air! Here are a few medieval books on the topic of love for your Valentine.

Theoderic the Great vs. Boethius: Tensions in Italy in the Late 5th and Early 6th Centuries

In 524AD the Roman senator Boethius was executed for committing treason against Theoderic the Great, the ruling gothic king in Italy. Boethius was never given a trial, and the charge of treason may have been an exaggeration of what actually happened.

Alfred the Great’s Burnt Boethius

One can trace the reason for these curious editorial developments to two factors: (1) the inaccessibility of the tenth-century manuscript, which everyone thought was destroyed in the 1731 fire, until its burnt remains were recovered at the British Museum in the 1830s; and (2) an overpowering edition-in-progress of the twelfth-century manuscript by the great seventeenth-century scholar Francis Junius, with extensive collations from the missing tenth-century manuscript.

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