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The Carthusian Order was founded in 1084 by St. Bruno of Cologne and a small number of followers, all seeking greater solitude and a more austere, contemplative monasticism. Carthusian monks lived predominantly isolated lives, only coming together co-operatively for prescribed religious purposes.

The intellectual and separate life of a Carthusian monk appealed to Werner Rolewinck (1425-1502), the author/compiler of the Fasciculus temporum, one of the two texts (together with the Malleus maleficarum) included in Portland State University Library’s late fifteenth-century codex. With its structure modeled on early chronicles and biblical conventions, its inclusion of a variety of woodcut illustrations, and its short, direct entries, the Fasciculus, true to its monastic roots, was intended to provide historical examples of good and bad conduct in a manner accessible to medieval audiences.

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Incunabula, Historiography, History of the Book, Monasticism, Religious Studies


Christian Denominations and Sects | European History | Medieval History | Medieval Studies | Religion


This essay is part of a series of research projects written for Professor John Ott's Spring 2020 Medieval History seminar on PSU Library Special Collections' Malleus maleficarum and Fasciculus temporum codex.

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The Carthusian Influence on Werner Rolewinck’s Approach to History