Sermo in Cantilena: Structures as Symbol in Imago Sancti Nicolai


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Imago Sancti Nicolai is the third of the four miraculorum Sancti Nicolai preserved in the twelfth-century Fleury Playbook (Orléans, Bibliothèque Municipale, MS. 201).1 Based on a tenth-century addendum to the saint's life,2 the Fleury miraculum tells the story of a certain Judeus (Barbarus in most other versions)3 who leaves his unlocked treasure chest under the protection of an image of St. Nicholas only to have it stolen by three rather confused and disorganized thieves. Following a lament by Judeus, the saint intervenes and compels the thieves to return the stolen treasure. Judeus, upon discovering the return of his treasure, bursts forth in a hymn of praise, and the miraculum concludes with the Introit to the Mass for the Feast of St. Nicholas (6 December).

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