A Monk's Confession

The Memoirs of Guibert of Nogent

Author: Guibert (Abbot of Nogent-sous-Coucy)

Publisher: Penn State University Press

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Category: Religion

Page: 225

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A Monk's Confession is the first completely new English translation of Guibert of Nogent's remarkable memoirs in over seventy years. Written around the year 1115, they offer an unparalleled look at the life of a monk in the Middle Ages. Guibert, who lived his entire life in northern France, called these memoirs his book of monodiae, or solitary songs. Many scholars consider them the first Latin autobiography in the West after Augustine's Confessions. Readers will be stirred and surprised by Guibert's intense preoccupation with the sinfulness of his soul, his visions of demons and necromancy, and his frank struggle to come to terms with his sexuality. But Guibert is also a valuable witness to his age. In addition to his personal history, his memoirs give a brief chronicle of the abbey of Nogent&—where he served as abbot for some twenty years&—and a vivid account of the bloody uprising of the Laon Commune in 1112. His observations give precious insight into education, monastic life, and the beginnings of the great medieval towns. Paul J. Archambault's translation successfully renders Guibert's Latin&—at times stylish, at times rustic&—into lively, modern English. He consulted Edmond-Ren&é Labande's authoritative 1981 Latin edition with French translation. He provides a complete introduction and annotation that help situate Guibert within the history and literature of the Middle Ages while permitting readers to judge for themselves how to interpret this fascinating voice from the past.

The Autobiography

Author: Guibert (abbot of Nogent-sous-Coucy.)

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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

Author: Guibert (Abbot of Nogent-sous-Coucy)

Publisher: Penguin Classics

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Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 355

View: 494

The first Western autobiography since Augustine's "Confessions" offers a view of medieval life and society during the First Crusade and is accompanied by a theological manifesto appearing in English for the first time.

De Vita Sua

The Memoirs of Abbot Guibert of Nogent

Author: Guibert (Abbot of Nogent-sous-Coucy)

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

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Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 260

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'His [Guilbert of Nogent (d. 1124), a Benedictine monk and historiographer] "Memoirs" are equally interesting and provide precious insights into French culture of the 11th and 12th centuries.

Monodies and On the Relics of Saints

The Autobiography and a Manifesto of a French Monk from theTime of the Crusades

Author: Guibert of Nogent

Publisher: Penguin

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Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 400

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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. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

The Jews in Medieval Normandy

A Social and Intellectual History

Author: Norman Golb

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Category: History

Page: 621

View: 750

This 1998 book is a comprehensive account of the high Hebraic culture developed by the Jews in Normandy during the Middle Ages, and in particular during the Anglo-Norman period. This culture has remained virtually unknown to the public and to the scholarly world throughout modern times, until a combination of recent manuscript discoveries and archaeological findings delineated this phenomenon for the first time. The book explores the origins of this remarkable community, beginning with topographical evidence pointing to the arrival of the Jews in Normandy as early as Roman and Gallo-Roman times, through autograph documentary testimony available in the Cairo Genizah manuscripts and early medieval Latin sources, finally using the rich manuscript evidence of twelfth- and early thirteenth-century writers which attest to the high cultural level attained by this community and to its social and political interaction with the Christian world of Anglo-Norman times and their aftermath.

Medieval People

Vivid Lives in a Distant Landscape - From Charlemagne to Piero della Francesca

Author: Michael Prestwich

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

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Category: History

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Contrary to modern myth, medieval people lived in an era of innovation more than of superstition. This beautifully illustrated, highly readable book will appeal to all those who want a truer picture of a world often wrongly represented today. People in the Middle Ages did not believe the earth was flat; torture was far less common than in later centuries; and technological advances included guns, printing, blast furnaces, spectacles, stirrups and the compass. Medieval People tells the life stories of seventy individuals across Europe and the Middle East from the ninth to fifteenth centuries - monarchs and merchants, popes, peasants and poets, artists and adventurers, saints, scholars and soldiers. Empire builders such as Charlemagne, and Chinggis Khan (Genghis Khan) are included as well as influential women such as Matilda of Tuscany, Eleanor of Aquitaine and Joan of Arc. Religious figures range from Urban II, the pope who started the Crusades, to Hildegard of Bingen and Thomas Becket, martyred archbishop. Fulk Nerra, pioneering castle builder, sits beside the great Persian polymath Avicenna. James Douglas, hero of Scottish independence, rubs shoulders with Dante and Giotto. Note: The ebook edition includes the complete text of the printed book with a reduced number of illustrations.

Self and Society in Medieval France

The Memoirs of Abbot Guibert of Nogent (1064?-c. 1125)

Author: Guibert (Abbot of Nogent-sous-Coucy)

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

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Category: Abbots

Page: 260

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The author gives a unique picture of life and northwestern France at the turn of the twelfth century. He shows not only the glories but also the tensions of this transitional age, which gave birth to the reform of the Church, to new intellectual and spiritual movements, and to far-reaching social and economic developments, but which at the same time saw growing resistance to the established authority of the Church and feudal aristocracy, the turbulence of the rising urban classes, and the first stirrings of doubt with regard to many traditional beliefs. [Back cover].

Viator

Author: Robert L. Benson

Publisher: Univ of California Press

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Page: 413

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The Twelfth-Century Renaissance

A Reader

Author: Alex J. Novikoff

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

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Category: Civilization, Medieval

Page: 480

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In his thoughtful introduction, Novikoff explores the term "twelfth-century renaissance" and whether or not it should be applied to a range of thinkers with differing outlooks and attitudes.

The Autobiography of Guibert of Nogent

Edited with a New Introduction by Phillip Campbell

Author: Guibert of Nogent

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Page: 198

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Guibert of Nogent (1055-1124) was a Benedictine abbot, historian, and theologian whose memoirs offer valuable insight into the religious and political landscape of France during the high Middle Ages. Though relatively obscure during his lifetime, Guibert's autobiography covers an astonishing breadth of content, including the Investiture Controversy, Crusades, Norman Conquest, and the commune of Laon - and pulls back the curtain on the life of the medieval French Church, for better or worse. "The Autobiogrpahy of Guibert of Nogent" is indispensable for students of high medieval culture or Norman France.Contains a new introduction by Phillip Campbell and annotated with footnotes for historical and theological context.

General Biography

Or, Lives, Critical and Historical, of the Most Eminent Persons of All Ages, Countries, Conditions, and Professions, Arranged According to Alphabetical Order

Author: John Aikin

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Category: Biography

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Listening To Heloise

The Voice of a Twelfth-Century Woman

Author: NA NA

Publisher: Springer

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Category: Psychology

Page: 394

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Heloise, the twelfth-century French abbess and reformer, emerges from this book as one of history's most extraordinary women, a thinker-writer of profound insight and skill. Her supple and learned mind attracted the most radical philosopher of her time, Peter Abelard. He became her teacher, lover, husband, and finally monastic ally. That relationship has made her fame until now. But Heloise is far more important in her own right. Seventeen experts of international standing collaborate here to reveal and analyze how Heloise's daring achievements shaped normative issues of theology, rhetoric, rational argument, gender, and emotional authenticity. At last we are able to see her for herself, in her moment of history and human awareness.