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Monodies and on the Relics of Saints: The Autobiography and a Manifesto of a French Monk from the Time of the Crusades (Penguin Classics)

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The first Western autobiography since Augustine's Confessions, the Monodies is set against the backdrop of the First Crusade and offers stunning insights into medieval society. As Guibert of Nogent intimately recounts his early years, monastic life, and the bloody uprising at Laon in 1112, we witness a world-and a mind-populated by royals, heretics, nuns, witches, and devils, and come to understand just how fervently he was preoccupied with sin, sexuality, the afterlife, and the dark arts. Exotic, disquieting, and illuminating, the Monodies is a work in which the dreams, fears, and superstitions of one man illuminate the psychology of an entire people. It is joined in this volume by On the Relics of Saints, a theological manifesto that has never appeared in English until now.

Synopsis:

A new translation of a fascinating chronicle from 12th-century England

A work that holds a unique and terrible place in the history of anti-Semitism, The Life and Passion of William of Norwich gives a remarkable insight into daily life in a medieval cathedral city, while also documenting miracles at the shrine of William, a boy worshippers believed to be murdered by the Jews of Norwich. This was the earliest version of the “blood libel,” a horrible myth of ritual murder which has haunted Europe ever since.

About the Author

Guibert of Nogent (c. 1060-c. 1125) was a French monk who has emerged as one of the most original thinkers of the twelfth century.

Joseph McAlhany is an associate professor of great ideas and classics at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Jay Rubenstein, a MacArthur Fellow and Rhodes scholar, is an assistant professor of medieval history at the University of Tennessee- Knoxville and the author of the first comprehensive study of Guibert's life and thought in over a century.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143106302
Author:
Guibert Of Nogent
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
McAlhany, Joseph
Author:
Guibert of Nogent
Author:
Rubenstein, Jay
Author:
Monmouth, Thomas Of
Author:
of Nogent, Guibert
Author:
Rubin, Miri
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
Classics-Medieval and Renaissance General
Subject:
Biography-Religious
Subject:
Medieval
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20110931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
7.75 x 5.06 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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A new translation of a fascinating chronicle from 12th-century England

A work that holds a unique and terrible place in the history of anti-Semitism, The Life and Passion of William of Norwich gives a remarkable insight into daily life in a medieval cathedral city, while also documenting miracles at the shrine of William, a boy worshippers believed to be murdered by the Jews of Norwich. This was the earliest version of the “blood libel,” a horrible myth of ritual murder which has haunted Europe ever since.

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