Saint Leander, Archbishop of Seville

Saint Leander, Archbishop of Seville : A Book on the Teaching of Nuns and a Homily in Praise of the Church

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Saint Leander, Archbishop of Seville describes the life of Leander, who brought the Catholic faith to Spain in the late sixth century, becoming a saint after his death in c. 600 AD. Despite inheriting great wealth and his sister's exposure to high society, Leander became a monk and persuaded his sister to give up wealth and opportunities for marriage in order to become a nun. Detailing how he persuaded her to join a convent and his celebration of his country's acceptance of the true faith, this book provides a new perspective of Leander's Byzantine parents and two brothers, Fulgentius and Isidore. When besieged by the Arian king, Liuvigild, Leander's parents and sister escaped to Carthage. Later in life, Leander taught Isidore to take over after him in Seville.show more

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  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 27.94mm | 385.55g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739127713
  • 9780739127711
  • 2,150,956

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In this welcome book, John Martyn does a great service to Early-Medievalists by rescuing Isidore of Seville's fascinating elder brother from the mists of obscurity. By highlighting the extraordinary lives of Leander and his saintly siblings, Martyn reminds us how much remains to be explored about this most exciting period in history. Martyn's intimate knowledge of the writings of Leander's contemporaries and of Classical Latin in general skilfully illuminate the nuances of Leander's writings. -- Pamela O'Neill, University of Sydney, University of Melbourne, Australian Early Medieval Association This volume provides a key, unusually early text about the way of life for religious women in the late antique and medieval periods. Martyn's translation is both elegant and accurate. -- Constant J. Mews, Monash Universityshow more

About John R. C. Martyn

John R. C. Martyn is associate professor and senior fellow in the School of Historical Studies at the University of Melbourne.show more

Table of contents

Part 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Summary of Leander's Life Chapter 3 (a) The Latin Text Chapter 4 (b) Historical Evidence Chapter 5 (c) Leander's Literary Style Chapter 6 (d) Dates for Leander and His Family Part 7 Biography of Leander Chapter 8 Biographical Note (Notitia) Chapter 9 Isidore of Seville's Biography of Leander Chapter 10 Isidore's Latin Poems Chapter 11 The Life and Works of Leander Part 12 On the Teaching of Nuns and Contempt for the Other World Chapter 13 Introduction Chapter 14 Chapter 1 Let laywomen be shunned Chapter 15 Chapter 2 Let holy men be avoided Chapter 16 Chapter 3 A nun should avoid young men Chapter 17 Chapter 4 On abstinence Chapter 18 Chapter 5 A nun must not talk to a man on her own Chapter 19 Chapter 6 A nun must pray and read continually Chapter 20 Chapter 7 Hebraic scriptures not to be read literally Chapter 21 Chapter 8 On the degree of fasting Chapter 22 Chapter 9 On the use of wine Chapter 23 Chapter 10 How far should a nun bathe Chapter 24 Chapter 11 Laughter, a sin for a nun Chapter 25 Chapter 12 How should slaves be judged on becoming nuns Chapter 26 Chapter 13 On the choice of an older nun with regard to individuals Chapter 27 Chapter 14 A nun must be equable in poverty and in abundance Chapter 28 Chapter 15 On the allowance and prohibition of meats Chapter 29 Chapter 16 A nun must stay in the convent where she started Chapter 30 Chapter 17 How may a private life be avoided Chapter 31 Chapter 18 A nun must not have anything of her own in the convent Chapter 32 Chapter 19 A nun must not swear an oath Chapter 33 Chapter 20 A nun on her own should not talk with another nun alone Chapter 34 Chapter 21 A nun must not want to return to the secular world Part 35 Leander's Homily Chapter 36 Homily in Praise of the Church (in eleven sections) Chapter 37 An Epitaph for Saints Leander, Isidore, and Florentine Part 38 Leander's Links with Pope Gregory Chapter 39 Letters between Pope Gregory, Leander, and Reccared Chapter 40 A Poem Praising Leander and Masona Chapter 41 Addendum: Pope Gregory's Treatment of Nuns in Romeshow more