The Life of Christina of Markyate


Author: Samuel Fanous,C. H. Talbot,Henrietta Leyser

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0192806777

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 100

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'I wish to remain single, for I have made a vow of virginity.' This is the remarkable story of the twelfth-century recluse Christina, who became prioress of Markyate, near St Albans in Hertfordshire. Determined to devote her life to God and to remain a virgin, Christina repulses the sexual advances of the bishop of Durham. In revenge he arranges her betrothal to a young nobleman but Christina steadfastly refuses to consummate the marriage and defies her parents' cruel coercion. Sustained by visions, she finds refuge with the hermit Roger, and lives concealed at Markyate for four years, enduring terrible physical and emotional torment. Eventually Christina is supported by the abbot of St Albans, and her reputation as a person of great holiness spreads far and wide. Written with striking candour by Christina's anonymous biographer, the vividness and compelling detail of this account make it a social document as much as a religious one. Christina's trials of the flesh andspirit exist against a backdrop of scheming and corruption and all-too-human greed.

The History of the English People, 1000-1154


Author: Henry (of Huntingdon),Henry of Huntingdon,Diana E. Greenway

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780192840752

Category: History

Page: 154

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'In the year of grace 1066, the Lord, the ruler, brought to fulfilment what He had long planned for the English people: He delivered them up to be destroyed by the violent and cunning Norman race.' Henry of Huntingdon's narrative covers one of the most exciting and bloody periods in English history: the Norman Conquest and its aftermath. He tells of the decline of the Old English kingdom, the victory of the Normans at the Battle of Hastings, and the establishment of Norman rule. His accounts pf the kings who reigned during his lifetime - William II, Henry I, and Stephen - contain unique descriptions of people and events. Henry tells how promiscuity, greed, treachery, and cruelty produced a series of disasters, rebellions, and wars. Interwoven with memorable and vivid battle-scenes are anecdotes of court life, the death and murder of nobles, and the first written record of Cnut and the waves and the death of Henry I from a surfeit of lampreys. Diana Greenway's translation of her definitive Latin text has been revised for this edition.

Medieval Writings on Female Spirituality


Author: Elizabeth Spearing

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780140439250

Category: Fiction

Page: 268

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A wide-ranging collection of writings by and about religious women presenting some of the most original and compelling literature of the middle ages.Highlights of this edition include Marguerite Porete's allegorical poem 'The Mirror of Simple Souls', a dialogue between Love and Soul that was condemned as heretical; an account by a male ecclesiastic of Christine the Astonishing, who was resurrected at her own funeral; and the revelations received by Bridget of Sweden, the first woman to found a religious order.

Chronicle of the Abbey of Bury St Edmunds


Author: Jocelin (de Brakelond),Diana E. Greenway,Jane E. Sayers

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780192838957

Category: History

Page: 152

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This is the first English translation for forty years of a medieval classic, offering vivid and unique insight into the life of a great monastery in late twelfth-century England. The translation brilliantly communicates the interest and immediacy of Jocelin's narrative, and the annotation is particularly clear and helpful.

The Vision of Christine de Pizan


Author: Christine de Pisan,Christine (de Pisan)

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd

ISBN: 1843840588

Category: History

Page: 188

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Translation of Christine's autobiographical Vision, both dealing with her own life and career, and offering a possible solution to the troubled state of France at the time.

The Anchoress

A Novel


Author: Robyn Cadwallader

Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books

ISBN: 0374712611

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 2081

England, 1255. What could drive a girl on the cusp of womanhood to lock herself away from the world forever? Sarah is just seventeen when she chooses to become an anchoress, a holy woman shut away in a cell that measures only seven by nine paces, at the side of the village church. Fleeing the grief of losing a much-loved sister in childbirth as well as pressure to marry the local lord's son, she decides to renounce the world--with all its dangers, desires, and temptations--and commit herself to a life of prayer. But it soon becomes clear that the thick, unforgiving walls of Sarah's cell cannot protect her as well as she had thought. With the outside world clamoring to get in and the intensity of her isolation driving her toward drastic actions, even madness, her body and soul are still in grave danger. When she starts hearing the voice of the previous anchoress whispering to her from the walls, Sarah finds herself questioning what she thought she knew about the anchorhold, and about the village itself. With the lyricism of Nicola Griffith's Hild and the vivid historical setting of Hannah Kent's Burial Rites, Robyn Cadwallader's powerful debut novel tells an absorbing story of faith, desire, shame, fear, and the very human need for connection and touch. Compelling, evocative, and haunting, The Anchoress is both quietly heartbreaking and thrillingly unpredictable.

The Good Wife's Guide (Le Ménagier de Paris)

A Medieval Household Book


Author: N.A

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 0801462118

Category: History

Page: 384

View: 2986

In the closing years of the fourteenth century, an anonymous French writer compiled a book addressed to a fifteen-year-old bride, narrated in the voice of her husband, a wealthy, aging Parisian. The book was designed to teach this young wife the moral attributes, duties, and conduct befitting a woman of her station in society, in the almost certain event of her widowhood and subsequent remarriage. The work also provides a rich assembly of practical materials for the wife's use and for her household, including treatises on gardening and shopping, tips on choosing servants, directions on the medical care of horses and the training of hawks, plus menus for elaborate feasts, and more than 380 recipes. The Good Wife's Guide is the first complete modern English translation of this important medieval text also known as Le Ménagier de Paris (the Parisian household book), a work long recognized for its unique insights into the domestic life of the bourgeoisie during the later Middle Ages. The Good Wife's Guide, expertly rendered into modern English by Gina L. Greco and Christine M. Rose, is accompanied by an informative critical introduction setting the work in its proper medieval context as a conduct manual. This edition presents the book in its entirety, as it must have existed for its earliest readers. The Guide is now a treasure for the classroom, appealing to anyone studying medieval literature or history or considering the complex lives of medieval women. It illuminates the milieu and composition process of medieval authors and will in turn fascinate cooking or horticulture enthusiasts. The work illustrates how a (perhaps fictional) Parisian householder of the late fourteenth century might well have trained his wife so that her behavior could reflect honorably on him and enhance his reputation.

Unquiet Women

From the Dusk of the Roman Empire to the Dawn of the Enlightenment


Author: Max Adams

Publisher: Head of Zeus Ltd

ISBN: 1788543408

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 9215

Wynflæd was an Anglo-Saxon noblewoman who owned male slaves and badger-skin gowns;Egeria a Gaulish nun who toured the Holy Land as the Roman Empire was collapsing;Gudfrid an Icelandic explorer and the first woman to give birth to a European child on American soil;Mary Astell a philosopher who out-thought John Locke. In this exploration of some remarkable – but little-known – women living between between the last days of Rome and the Enlightenment, Max Adams overturns the idea that women of this period were either queens, nuns or invisible. In a sequence of chronological chapters, a centrepiece biographical sketch is complemented by thematically linked stories of other women of the time. A multi-faceted and beautifully illustrated study of women's intellect, influence and creativity, Unquiet Women brings to life the experiences of women whose voices are barely heard and whose stories are rarely told.

Christians and Jews in Angevin England

The York Massacre of 1190, Narratives and Contexts


Author: Sarah Rees Jones,Sethina Watson

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd

ISBN: 1903153441

Category: History

Page: 351

View: 7043

The shocking massacre of the Jews in York, 1190, is here re-examined in its historical context along with the circumstances and processes through which Christian and Jewish neighbours became enemies and victims.

The Theater of Devotion

East Anglian Drama and Society in the Late Middle Ages


Author: Gail McMurray Gibson

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226291024

Category: Drama

Page: 268

View: 3157

In this interdisciplinary study of drama, arts, and spirituality, Gail Gibson provides a provocative reappraisal of fifteenth-century English theater through a detailed portrait of the flourishing cultures of Suffolk and Norfolk. By emphasizing the importance of the Incarnation of Christ as a model and justification for late medieval drama and art, Gibson challenges currently held views of the secularization of late medieval culture.

Anchoritic Spirituality

Ancrene Wisse and Associated Works


Author: Anne Savage,Nicholas Watson

Publisher: Paulist Press

ISBN: 9780809132577

Category: Religion

Page: 487

View: 3133

Sometime in the first quarter of the 13th century a number of works were written for anchoresses, women who lived as religious recluses in cells adjoining churches. The most influential is Ancrene Wisse (A Guide for Anchoresses), which discusses in great detail the daily life of the anchoress, both outer and inner. This work gives a detailed sense of a powerful and multi-faceted spirituality different from that of other mystics.

The Cambridge Companion to Medieval English Mysticism


Author: Samuel Fanous,Vincent Gillespie

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139827669

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: N.A

View: 9233

The widespread view that 'mystical' activity in the Middle Ages was a rarefied enterprise of a privileged spiritual elite has led to isolation of the medieval 'mystics' into a separate, narrowly defined category. Taking the opposite view, this book shows how individual mystical experience, such as those recorded by Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe, is rooted in, nourished and framed by the richly distinctive spiritual contexts of the period. Arranged by sections corresponding to historical developments, it explores the primary vernacular texts, their authors, and the contexts that formed the expression and exploration of mystical experiences in medieval England. This is an excellent, insightful introduction to medieval English mystical texts, their authors, readers and communities. Featuring a guide to further reading and a chronology, the Companion offers an accessible overview for students of literature, history and theology.

Orkneyinga Saga

The History of the Earls of Orkney


Author: Hermann Pálsson,Paul Geoffrey Edwards

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780140443837

Category: History

Page: 251

View: 1449

A Norse saga recounts the conquest of the northern Scottish isles by the Viking kings of Norway during the ninth century

The Wooing of Our Lord and The Wooing Group Prayers


Author: Catherine Innes-Parker

Publisher: Broadview Press

ISBN: 1460405188

Category: Poetry

Page: 304

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The Wooing of Our Lord and the Wooing Group prayers occupy a key position in the history of English literature and the development of English religious devotion. Dating from the second quarter of the thirteenth century, they are among a group of texts written in English at a time when the language of literature and the court was Anglo-Norman French, and the language of church and state was Latin. The text for which this group is named, The Wooing of Our Lord is also a highly skilled composition, combining beautiful and poetic expression with a profound affective theology. Its first-person female narrator speaks directly to Christ, becoming the voice of the reader whom the text guides through a passionate meditation upon the magnitude of Christ’s love, his sufferings in his Passion, and the response of the individual soul. Catherine Innes-Parker’s graceful new translation is paired with the original Middle English dialect in a facing-page format.

Joan of Arc

La Pucelle


Author: Craig Taylor

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719068478

Category: History

Page: 368

View: 7846

This important book offers a collection of documents on the historical figure Joan of Arc, who at the age of seventeen united France against England and at nineteen was put on trial and subsequently burned at the stake. Also known as La Pucelle, she is a figure well documented in literature, history and in popular culture. Nevertheless, this book will be the first to put many of the most important texts documenting her life together in a single volume, with some translated in modern English for the first time.

An Arab-Syrian Gentleman and Warrior in the Period of the Crusades

Memoirs of Usāmah Ibn-Munqidh (Kitāb Al-Iʻtibār) ; Translated from the Original Manuscript by Philip K. Hitti ; with a New Foreword by Richard W. Bulliet


Author: Usāmah ibn Munqidh,Philip Khuri Hitti

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231121248

Category: History

Page: 265

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The life of Usâmah ibn-Munqidh epitomized the height of Arab civilization as it flourished in the period of the early Crusades. His memoirs present an uncommon non-European perspective and understanding of the military and cultural contact between East and West, Muslim and Christian. His writing is remarkable for its narrative clarity, its humanity, and its wealth of perceptive details.

The Life and Passion of William of Norwich


Author: Thomas of Monmouth

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141970537

Category: History

Page: 320

View: 8906

A fascinating surviving chronicle from 12th-century England which 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 life in a medieval cathedral city, brilliantly capturing the everyday concerns of ordinary people and focussing on the miraculous cures carried out at a shrine. But this was no ordinary shrine; fervent worshippers gathered around the burial-place where they believed that a boy was buried, a boy murdered by the Jews of Norwich. A chilling, highly significant document, The Life and Passion of William of Norwich is, as far as we know, the earliest version of what was to become the 'blood libel' which has haunted Europe ever since. Miri Rubin both superbly translates the book and in her introduction interprets the sequence of events that led to the monk Thomas of Monmouth's appalling narrative. The consequences of his fantasies have been incalculable.