History of Nemo  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Historia de Nemine (c. 1290, "History of Nemo") is a text written by a certain Rodulfus Glaber, not to be confused with the French chronicler of the same name. The story of 'Saint Nemo' is discussed in Rabelais and His World (pp 413-15).

It is a text in which Glaber interprets, for example, the scriptural nemo deum vidit (nobody has seen God) as 'Nemo saw God.' "Thus, everything impossible, inadmissible, inaccessible is. on the contrary, permitted for Nemo"[1].

Mikhail Bakhtin remarks:

"everything impossible, inadmissible, inaccessible is, on the contrary, permitted for Nemo. Thanks to this transposition, Nemo acquires the majestic aspect of a being almost equal to God, endowed with unique, exceptional powers, knowledge (he knows that which no one else knows), and extraordinary freedom (he is allowed that which nobody is permitted.)"

Erik Victor McCrea remarks:

"Based on the scanty information which I’ve been able to gather, Radulfus Glaber composed a sermon entitled Historia de Nemine (“History of Nemo”) circa 1290. This medieval monk (not to be confused with Raoul Glaber, the 11th century Benedictine chronicler from Cluny) searched Biblical and Patristic texts, perhaps as a devotional exercise, for sentences containing the word nemo. He interpreted the scriptural Nemo Deum vidit (“No one hath seen God”), along with many other references to No-one, to mean that Nemo was a certain person. The supposed members of the Secta Neminiana worshipped Nemo because he had seen the face of the Father. It has been suggested that the heretical Neminians — with their unorthodox cult of the immortal Nemo — were perhaps a fictitious bunch.[2]

In France Jean d’Abundance wrote Les Grans et Merveilleux Faictz du Seigneur Nemo.


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