Alternate names/spellings: Guitbertus Abbas Novigenti
Dates: 1053 - 1124 ()
Guibert was a Benedictine monk at Saint-Germer-de-Fly, who in 1104 became Abbot at the poor abbey at Nogent-sous-Coucy, in northern France. His literary skill was recognized by Anselm of Bec, who encouraged the monk to write about theology. The abbot’s most famous work is his memoirs, commonly titled Monodiae. Although there is some question as to how literally they should be taken, his memoirs represent perhaps the earliest medieval autobiography. They give many details about his life as a child of minor nobility in eleventh and twelfth-century France. He also wrote several theological and exegetical works, a crusade chronicle, and a treatise on relics. Although he was well-educated and prolific, Guibert went virtually unmentioned by his contemporaries such as Suger and Bernard of Clairvaux.
For more information on Guibert, see:
- "Guibert’s autobiography":http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/basis/guibert-vita.html
- "Catholic Encyclopedia":http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/06539a.htm
- Jay Rubenstein, Guibert of Nogent: Portrait of a Medieval Mind (Routledge, 2002)