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Hugh of Saint Victor (d. 1141)

  1. Ellen Condict

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc0677

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

How to Cite

Condict, E. 2011. Hugh of Saint Victor (d. 1141). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Hugh of Saint Victor was a leading medieval theologian, biblical interpreter, philosopher, and mystical writer, appointed head of the school of the abbey of Saint Victor in Paris in the early 12th century. Under his direction the school became the center of the mystical movement, and went on to produce pioneering spiritual and exegetical writers, including Richard and Andrew of Saint Victor. Employing the rule of St. Augustine, the canons of Saint Victor chose to live in closer communion with those outside their walls, emphasizing the importance of spiritual renewal for all people (who would be assisted by the edifying example of those within the cloister) and bridging the gap between the intellectual pursuit of scholars and the religious pursuit of the cloistered.


  • hugh of saint victor (d. 1141);
  • medieval theologian, biblical interpreter;
  • universality of spiritual renewal, the didascalicon;
  • doctrines of the fathers in de sacramentis christianae fidei;
  • arca noë moralis and arca noë mystica, use of noah's ark