The Book of Margery Kempe

Author: Margery Kempe

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0199686645

Category: Fiction

Page: 275

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The Book of Margery Kempe is the extraordinary account of a medieval wife, mother, and mystic. The earliest autobiography in English, It describes Kempe's transformation from businesswoman to pilgrim, her visions, hostile encounters with clergy and travels to holy sites abroad. This new translation provides full introduction and notes.

The Book of Marvels and Travels

Author: John Mandeville,Anthony Bale

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199600600

Category: History

Page: 178

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In his Book of Marvels and Travels, Sir John Mandeville describes a journey from Europe to Jerusalem and on into Asia, and the many wonderful and monstrous peoples and practices in the East. A captivating blend of fact and fantasy, Mandeville's Book is newly translated in an edition that brings us closer to Mandeville's worldview.

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.

Anchoritic Spirituality

Ancrene Wisse and Associated Works

Author: Anne Savage,Nicholas Watson

Publisher: Paulist Press

ISBN: 9780809132577

Category: Religion

Page: 487

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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 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.

Life and Selected Revelations

Author: Saint Bridget (of Sweden),Marguerite Tjader Harris,Albert Ryle Kezel

Publisher: Paulist Press

ISBN: 9780809131396

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 350

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This was the massive, simplified structure which had been built on Birgitta's orders, using the foundations and the walls of the castle given to her by King Magnus.

York Mystery Plays

A Selection in Modern Spelling

Author: Richard Beadle,Pamela M. King

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191611239

Category: Drama

Page: 320

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This volume offers 22 of the central pageants which make up York's famous Corpus Christi cycle. The York cycle is the oldest and best-known of the English mystery cycles, and its depth and scope are reflected in the selection printed here. The shape of the cycle was governed by subject matter of enduring spiritual significance, both to its contemporary audience and in later literary and artistic tradition, and the selection reflects these concerns. Included are plays on the Creation, the Fall of Man, the Incarnation, Passion, and Resurrection of Christ, and the Last Judgement. The Passion sequence has been expanded by six of the eight plays generally attributed to the great poetic dramatist known as the York Realist: the authentic text of these plays is not otherwise available in paperback. As well as providing detailed annotation, this edition offers an introduction which examines the history of the cycle and discusses the immensely popular modern productions in York and elsewhere. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

The Anchoress

A Novel

Author: Robyn Cadwallader

Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books

ISBN: 0374712611

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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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.

God's Lovers in an Age of Anxiety

The Medieval English Mystics

Author: Joan M. Nuth

Publisher: Darton Longman and Todd


Category: Devotional literature, English (Middle)

Page: 192

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Examines the extraordinary flowering of English spirituality in the fourteenth and early fifteenth centuries.

The Art of Courtly Love

Author: Andre (le chapelain.)

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231073059

Category: History

Page: 218

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The social system of 'courtly love' soon spread after becoming popularized by the troubadours of southern France in the twelfth century. This book codifies life at Queen Eleanor's court at Poitiers between 1170 and 1174 into "one of those capital works which reflect the thought of a great epoch, which explain the secret of a civilization."

The Paston Women

Selected Letters

Author: Diane Watt

Publisher: DS Brewer

ISBN: 9781843840244

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 178

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The Paston letters viewed in the context of medieval women's writing and medieval letter writing.

The Selected Writings of Christine de Pizan

New Translations, Criticism

Author: Christine (de Pisan),Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski,Kevin Brownlee

Publisher: W. W. Norton

ISBN: 9780393970104

Category: Fiction

Page: 392

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Contains selections from eighteen major works by Christine de Pizan, Europe's first professional woman writer, presented in contemporary translation with annotations, and includes an introduction, and seven critical analyses.

The Romance of the Rose

Author: Guillaume (de Lorris),Jean (de Meun),Frances Horgan

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780192839480

Category: Fiction

Page: 350

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The famous 13th century allegorical romance was begun by Guillame de Lorris, portraying the attempts of a courtier to woo his beloved and set in a symbolic walled garden. The work was finished after Guillame's death by Jean de Meun, who expanded the work into an encyclopedic and often satirical commentary on the many forms of love and courtship.

Twenty-One Stories

Author: Graham Greene

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1504054067

Category: Fiction

Page: 199

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These wide-ranging tales of menace, tragedy, and comedy offer ample proof that “in the short story, as well as the novel, Graham Greene is the master” (The New York Times). Written between 1929 and 1954, here are twenty-one stories by a “master storyteller” (Newsweek). Whatever the crime, whatever the pursuit, whatever the mood—from the tragic and horrifying to the ribald and bittersweet, Graham Greene is “the ultimate chronicler of twentieth-century man’s consciousness and anxiety” (William Golding). In “The End of the Party,” a game of hide-and-seek takes a terrifying turn in the dark. In “The Innocent,” a romantic gets a rude awakening when he finds a hidden keepsake from a childhood crush. A husband’s sexual indiscretion is revealed in a most public and embarrassing way in “The Blue Film.” A rebellious teen’s flight from her petit bourgeois life includes a bad boy, a gun, and a plan in “A Drive in the Country.” In “A Little Place off the Edgware Road,” a suicidal man’s encounter with a stranger in a grubby cinema seals his fate. A young boy is ushered into a dark world when he discovers the secrets adults hide in “The Basement Room.” And in “When Greek Meets Greek,” a clever con between two scoundrels carries an unexpected sting. In these and more than a dozen other stories, Greene confronts his usual themes of betrayal and vengeance, love and hate, faith and doubt, guilt and grief, and pity and pursuit.

Sir Gawain and The Green Knight

Author: Keith Harrison,Helen Cooper

Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks

ISBN: 0199540160

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 160

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Sir Gawain and The Green Knight, with its intricate plot of enchantment and betrayal is probably the most skilfully told story in the whole of the English Arthurian cycle. Originating from the north-west midlands of England, it is based on two separate and very ancient Celtic motifs of the Beheading and the Exchange of Winnings, brought together by the anonymous 14th century author. Acclaimed poet Keith Harrison's new translation uses a modernalliterative pattern which subtly echoes the music of the original at the same time as it strives for fidelity. This is the most generously annotated edition available, complete with a detailed introduction whichsituates the work in the context of Arthurian Romance as well as analysing its poetics and narrative structure.

Jezebel's Daughter

Author: Wilkie Collins,Jason David Hall

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019870321X

Category: Death

Page: 304

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'The power that I have dreamed of all my life is mine at last!' How far is a mother prepared to go to secure her daughter's future? Madame Fontaine, widow of an eminent chemist, has both the determination and the cunning to bring young Minna's marriage plans to fruition, with dangerous consequences for anyone who dares to stand in her way. But has she met her match in Jack Straw, one-time inmate of Bedlam lunatic asylum? It will take a visit to the morgue to find out who triumphs - and who comes out alive. Reminiscent of Collins's blockbusters The Woman in White and Armadale, this suspenseful case study in villainy is set against the financial world of 1820s Frankfurt and tells the story of two widows, one of them devoted to realizing her husband's social reforms, the other equally devoted to the pursuit of her daughter's happiness. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

The History and Topography of Ireland

Author: Gerald of Wales

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141915560

Category: History

Page: 144

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Gerald of Wales was among the most dynamic and fascinating churchmen of the twelfth century. A member of one of the leading Norman families involved in the invasion of Ireland, he first visited there in 1183 and later returned in the entourage of Henry II. The resulting Topographia Hiberniae is an extraordinary account of his travels. Here he describes landscapes, fish, birds and animals; recounts the history of Ireland's rulers; and tells fantastical stories of magic wells and deadly whirlpools, strange creatures and evil spirits. Written from the point of view of an invader and reformer, this work has been rightly criticized for its portrait of a primitive land, yet it is also one of the most important sources for what is known of Ireland during the Middle Ages.

New Worlds, New Geographies

Author: John Rennie Short

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

ISBN: 9780815628385

Category: Science

Page: 222

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Originally published in hardcover in 1998 by Syracuse University Press.