The Life and Miracles of St William of Norwich by Thomas of Monmouth

The Life and Miracles of St William of Norwich by Thomas of Monmouth

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This work marks a significant and tragic moment in the history of medieval Jewish-Christian relations, as it promulgates one of Europe's first allegations of Jewish ritual murder of a Christian child. Composed in stages between 1150 and 1173 by Thomas, a monk at the Benedictine priory of Norwich, the Life narrates in seven books the murder (in 1144), discovery, miracles and canonisation (though he was deprived of sainthood at the Reformation) of a local boy, William. Offering an invaluable window into daily life in twelfth-century East Anglia, the work also stands at the origins of a myth with profound consequences for medieval Jewish communities. Edited by Augustus Jessop (1823-1914) and M. R. James (1862-1936) from a unique manuscript, this 1896 edition offers the original Latin text and a modern English translation, supplemented by detailed considerations of the textual, historical and political contexts shaping this remarkable document.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 5 b/w illus. 1 map
  • 1139108549
  • 9781139108546

Table of contents

Preface; Introduction: 1. Thomas of Monmouth; 2. The Benedictine Priory at Norwich; 3. East Anglia in the reign of Stephen; 4. The Norwich Jews; 5. The manuscript. The text. The history of the book; 6. The legend; 7. The cult and iconography of St. William; Chronological table; The Life and Miracles of St. William of Norwich, by Thomas of Monmouth: Books I-VII. Corrigenda; Index.show more