Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Medieval Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Larry Simon

Second Advisor

Dr. Otto Grundler

Third Advisor

Dr. Thomas Head

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Campus Only


The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship that the monks of Hornbach developed with their founder, Saint Firmin, between the ninth and eleventh centuries. Three hagiographic witnesses produced by the monks provided the primary source material for the investigation.

Each hagiographic text was thoroughly analyzed. The hagiographic analysis was then compared with the historical context in order to understand the motivations and concerns of the monks of Hornbach who were responsible for the compositions.

The analysis indicates that the texts were written at times in which Hornbach was involved in jurisdictional disputes with either ecclesiastical or lay authorities. The texts offered a defense against such disputes by portraying the founder of Hornbach as a provider and protector of the monastery and its constituents during both his earthly and heavenly life.

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