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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