Title

Haimo of Auxerre's Angry Smile: Emotional Experience in Ninth-Century Francia

Campus

Gainesville

Publication date

1-19-2021

Publisher

The Heroic Age: A Journal of Early Medieval Northwestern Europe Volume 20 January 2021

Book or Journal Information

The Heroic Age ISSN 1526-1867

Abstract

Haimo, the master of the monastic school at Saint-Germain (Auxerre) never wrote a treatise on emotions. Understanding his thoughts about anger, therefore, requires reconstructing them from the various references scattered throughout his commentaries and homilies. In this essay I perform that reconstruction. Haimo focused not on whether anger was good or bad, or on whether or not one should avoid it. Indeed, Haimo assumed that people would by nature become angry. Instead, he focused on the duration of anger once felt. Haimo's concern was for emotion as experience, and for the transformation of one emotional experience into another.

Author Biography

Dr. Thomas Greene is Assistant Professor of History at the University of North Georgia (Gainesville Campus)

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Haimo of Auxerre's Angry Smile: Emotional Experience in Ninth-Century Francia

Haimo, the master of the monastic school at Saint-Germain (Auxerre) never wrote a treatise on emotions. Understanding his thoughts about anger, therefore, requires reconstructing them from the various references scattered throughout his commentaries and homilies. In this essay I perform that reconstruction. Haimo focused not on whether anger was good or bad, or on whether or not one should avoid it. Indeed, Haimo assumed that people would by nature become angry. Instead, he focused on the duration of anger once felt. Haimo's concern was for emotion as experience, and for the transformation of one emotional experience into another.