Dr. Ludo Jongen is Senior Lecturer in Middle Dutch Literature at Leiden University. He received his Ph.D. at the Faculty of Arts of Utrecht University in The Netherlands. Dr. Jongen has edited and translated into Modern Dutch some ten Middle Dutch texts, varying from Arthurian romances to the lives of saints. He has published in Amsterdamer Beiträge zur älteren Germanistik, Collectanea Franciscana, and Nephologus about the adaptation in Middle Dutch of Middle Dutch vitae (saints’ lives) and classical Latin epics.2006 0-7734-6063-2
The Life of Saint Servatius presents, for the first time together in one volume, the Middle Dutch Legend of Saint Servatius
by Heinrich von Veldeke and the anonymous Upper German Life of Saint Servatius
, and, again for the first time, offers those readers not versed in medieval Germanic languages authoritative English translations. With this volume, then, readers have two principal vernacular texts concerning the life and deeds of St. Servatius. Commentary has been provided to point out historical and Biblical references and to draw attention to significant parallels between the texts, and between the texts and their Latin sources. The introductions to the Legend
and the Life
offer background on the writers and the times they lived in, and discuss some of the most important aspects of the two works. Due to the scope of this book and to the limitations of space, no effort has been made to attempt an exhaustive comparison of the two vernacular texts, neither to each other, nor to their sources. Such studies are rare, but it is hoped that scholars in the near future will undertake what promises to be a fascinating investigation.
To aid the reader, maps have been provided along with photographs of subjects that are either mentioned in the text or are of great importance in the life and legend of Saint Servatius.