- Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Format: Paperback | 524 pages
- Dimensions: 152mm x 224mm x 34mm | 821g
- Publication date: 30 October 2009
- Publication City/Country: Cambridge
- ISBN 10: 0521438187
- ISBN 13: 9780521438186
- Edition statement: Revised ed.
- Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
- Sales rank: 607,019
In this magisterial account of the life and work of St Anselm, now in paperback, Sir Richard Southern provides a study in depth of one of the most fascinating minds in Christian history.
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'... a masterpiece ... by one of the most acute, imaginative and incisive of medieval scholars.' Christopher Brooke, The Times Literary Supplement 'From the most distinguished medieval historian comes an arresting biography of the man who formulated the most compelling proof of the existence of God, and its broad palette paints around him a captivating landscape.' Miri Rubin, The Times '... a masterpiece ... by one of the most acute, imaginative and incisive of medieval scholars, on the rich and complex legacy of St Anselm, and it will be gratefully savoured by all who wish to understand Anselm as monk, spiritual director, philosopher, theologian and Archbishop of Canterbury.' Christopher Brooke, The Times Literary Supplement '... a masterwork of scholarship and stylistically seductive.' Anthony Burgess, The Observer
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In this magisterial account of the life and work of St Anselm, now in paperback, Sir Richard Southern provides a study in depth of one of the most fascinating minds in Christian history. This study covers Anselm's development in prayer, friendship, philosophy and theology, and theological controversy; in his position as archbishop; in his relations with his disciples and transmitters of his teaching; in the records of his sermons and informal talk; and finally in his relations with his biographer.
Table of contents
Preface; Part I. From Birth to Rebirth 1033-1070: 1. Escape from confinement; 2. The year of decision; 3. Anselm and Lanfranc; 4. The years of silence; Part II. The Radiant Years 1070-1093: 5. Anselm's new start; 6. The great 'meditations'; 7. The nature and importance of friendship; 8. An unwelcome but enlarging world; Part III. A Monastic Viewin a Developing World 1093-1109: 9. Anselm and the human condition; 10. 'Release my soul from this slavery'; 11. A new archbishop's problems of obedience; 12. The liberty of the church; 13. The liberty of a monastic community; 14. An old liberty: the primacy of Canterbury; Part IV. The Harvest of Friends and Disciples: 15. Anselm's earliest theological disciples; 16. The collectors of Anselm's words and letters; 17. Eadmer and Anselm; 18. A backward glance; Appendix; Index.