Burgos, Monasterio de Cistercienses Calatravas de San Felices

Life of Saint Adelelmus of Burgos Facsimile Edition

Our price

More Buying Choices

Request Info

The life of a remarkable Saint

Adelelmus was born in France and, in his early years, embraced the military career. This first inclination changed after a pilgrimage in Rome, during which he came in contact with Sr Robert de Turlande, abbot of the monastery of Chaise Dieu, who inspired him to become a monk. His reputation led Constance of Burgundy, wife of Alfonso VI of Castile, to call him to Burgos, where he rimained till his last day.

Adelelmus' life was written soon after his death by a French monk named Rodulph, who travelled to Burgos with the sole purpose of writing the Saint biography. This volume gives a detail account of the life of Saint Adelelmus, siding it with all the chants that celebrate this Saint. 

A very special book

The book is composed of two parts: the first one is the remnant of a 14th century breviary, written in German and according to the Roman rite; it contains also the life and miracles of the Saint and musical notation in Aquitanian, written on a single reference line, while the chants that can be noted are a later addition. This section contains, also, the first known use of the Spanish version of the eucharistic anthem "Pange Lingua".

The second part includes the chants and liturgy used to celebrate the mass and office of Saint Adelelmus, and is completed with matins and laudes. It can be traced to the 16th century and is written in a gothic script, just like the first part, but this one has suffered no losses, unlike the previous one. 

Binding description

The binding is made of parchment and has an almost heart-shaped label on the cover in which is written: "Vita preclara virtutes perillustres miracula et mors preciossa sanctissimi patris nostri adelelmi"

We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Life of Saint Adelelmus of Burgos": Vita Adelelmi (Vida de San Lesmes) facsimile edition, published by Siloé, arte y bibliofilia, 2004

Request Info / Price
Manuscript book description compiled by the publisher.
Please Read
International social justice movements and the debates that ensued prompted us to start considering the contents of our website from a critical point of view. This has led us to acknowledge that most of the texts in our database are Western-centered. We have asked the authors of our content to be aware of the underlying racial and cultural bias in many scholarly sources, and to try to keep in mind multiple points of view while describing the manuscripts. We also recognize that this is yet a small, first step towards fighting inequality.

If you notice any trace of racist or unjust narratives in our communications, please help us be part of the change by letting us know.

Vita Adelelmi (Vida de San Lesmes)

Burgos: Siloé, arte y bibliofilia, 2004

  • Commentary by GarcÌa Gil, Juan J.; Molinero Hernando, Pablo; Serna Gonzalez, Clemente; Sanchez Domingo, Rafael; Vivancos, Miguel C.; Marquez Pailos, Victor
  • Limited Edition: 230 copies
  • Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document, Life of Saint Adelelmus of Burgos: the facsimile attempts to replicate the look-and-feel and physical features of the original document; pages are trimmed according to the original format; the binding might not be consistent with the current document binding.

Our Price

More Buying Choices

Request Info