Gottfried of Admont

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Gottfried of Admont[1] (died 1165) was the Benedictine abbot of Admont Abbey from 1137 until his death. He is considered to be a reformer and the founder of the "school of Admont", and he is also credited with greatly improving the abbey's library.[2]

He was an influential figure, undertaking with Otto of Freising and Berthold of Brixen a papal commission relative to the proposed bishopric of Seckau.[3] He strongly backed St Eberhard, who became bishop of Salzburg in 1146.

Many homilies are attributed to him,[4] taking the character of exegesis;[5] it is now doubted whether he was the author of all of them. His brother Irimbert was a successor as abbot, and may have written some of them.[6]


  • Stephan Borgehammar, Who Wrote the Admont Sermon Corpus - Gottfried the Abbot, his Brother Irimbert, or the Nuns pp. 47–51 in Jacqueline Hamesse (editor) De l'homélie au sermon: Histoire de la prédication médiévale


  1. ^ Godefridus Admontensis, Godfrey of Admont, Geoffrey of Admont, Godefridus of Admont, Godefridus de Admont.
  2. ^ Rainer Berndt (editor), Schrift, Schreiber, Schenker: Studien zur Abtei Sankt Viktor in Paris und den Viktorinern (2005), p. 234-6.
  3. ^ Paul B. Pixton, The German Episcopacy and the Implementation of the Decrees of the Fourth (1995), note p. 267.
  4. ^ Patrologia Latina 174.
  5. ^ Preaching, History of
  6. ^ Rainer Berndt (editor), "im Angesicht Gottes Suche der Mensch sich selbst": Hildegard von Bingen (1098–1179) (2001), p. 301.

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