The Lives of the Desert Fathers, known in Latin as the Vitae
My dissertation offers a new approach to understanding the Vitae
Chapter 1 begins with an overview of the history of the Vitae
Chapter 2 focuses on the first two lives of the Morgan’s Vitae
Chapter 3 takes a focused look at the manuscript’s visual representations of anonymous or otherwise unidentified monks. I argue that these images serve to locate the Augustinian reader within the narrative, traversing the historical distance between the fourth and fourteenth centuries. The chapter then turns to the moments within the narrative that encourage affective engagement to help the reader navigate the most difficult challenges of the monastic life.
Finally, chapter 4 turns to issues of patronage, looking further into the circumstances surrounding the manuscript’s production. Examining a representation (fol. 60v) of Robert of Anjou, king of Naples from 1309 to 1343, I argue that the Vitae
The illuminations in the Morgan’s Vitae