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Saints and Scholars: Twenty-Five Medieval Portraits
Saints and Scholars Twenty-Five Medieval Portraits Author:David Knowles This collection transports us into the monastic age -- the thousand years between the sixth and sixteenth centuries, when the monasteries were the treasure-houses of Europe's social, cultural and religious heritage. The men we encounter are each representative, in differing ways, of their own historical setting and of the strengths and weakn... more »esses of mankind. Professor Knowles portrays outstanding spiritual leaders, such as St. Bernard and St. Francis; the powerful intellects, the writers and artists, such as St. Anselm, Bede and Matthew Paris; some of the noblemen, politicians and magnates; and those, like Gerald of Wales or Jean Wyclif, who were fierce and not always just critics of the monastic way of life; some lesser figures whose interests were limited to farm administration or country pursuits; and those almost forgotten men who died for their faith under the shadow of the Reformation.
A carefully assembled collection of pen portraits may convey more than a knowledge of individual men, more even than an insight into a particular era: it may broaden our general appreciation of humanity and offer a yet wider range and a still deeper understanding of the subjects. Each study is remarkable for its balance, sympathy and understanding; this is a collection by a great scholar who is also an artist in words.« less