Hermannus Contractus [Hermann der Lahme, Hermann von Reichenau]
- Lawrence Gushee
(b Swabia, 18 July 1013; d Reichenau, 24 Sept 1054). Benedictine monk, chronicler, writer on scientific subjects (astronomy, arithmetic, music) and composer. Some aspects of his life are recorded with extraordinary precision in a biography written shortly after his death by his pupil, Berthold, and Hermannus himself included a number of detailed references to his family in his well-known world chronicle. As a young child Hermannus was crippled by a disease that left him seriously incapacitated in movement and speech for his entire life. He started school at the age of seven, probably at Reichenau, but did not profess until he was about 30, on the advice (according to Berthold) of his abbot, Berno, who was also a renowned musician....