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BRAULIO of Saragossa

Bishop of Saragossa from 631–651, highly educated, friend of Isidore and among the most renowned literati of the Visigothic “renaissance.” His Life of St. Aemilianus, a well-known Spanish hermit, based on oral sources and mostly dedicated to miracles, seeks to present a model of Christian perfection and is marked by the obvious literary pains taken by its author, who crowns his labors with an elegant hymn in the saint’s honor in iambic senarii. His letters 44, of various length, including some from correspondents remind us of those of the 4th and 5th c., because of their variety of argument, refinement of form, taste for friendship and exchange of courtesy. They are one of the most evident and symptomatic signs of the Visigothic renaissance and an important source of knowledge of Spanish history of the period. Ep. 3-8, between Isidore and Braulio, provide interesting information on the composition of Isidore’s Etymologiae. Braulio also took a leading part in church politics: he helped compile the Visigothic code and wrote to Pope Honorius I in the name of the Council of Toledo of 638 to rebut his charge that the faith of the Spanish bishops was lukewarm.

CPL 1230-1233; PL 80; Epist., ed. J. Madoz, Madrid 1941; C.H. Lynch, St. Braulio, Washington 1939 Sp. tr. Madrid 1950; A. Robles Sierra, Braulio de Zaragoza testigo de una espiritualidad hispana: Teología espiritual 30 1986 119-140; M.L. García Sanchidrián, Las proposiciones completivas en las cartas de Braulio de Zaragoza: Excerpta Philologica 6 1996 145-154.

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