Monasteries were a dominant feature of the landscape of medieval England, but although much critical attention has been devoted to them, comparatively little has been written on the thirty abbeys of the English Premonstratensians ('White Canons'), a gap which this book, the first detailed study since the early 1950s, seeks to fill. Centred upon the remarkable visitation records of Richard Redman (d.1505), commissary-general and visitor of the English Premonstratensian abbeys, it covers topics such as the foundation and development of the English Premonstratensian province; Redman's visitation of the Premonstratensian abbeys; conventual food and clothing; misdemeanours, such as sexual immorality and apostasy; liturgical observances; spirituality and learning; and English Premonstratensian libraries. It thus offers evidence for the vitality of the English Premonstratensians, as well as re-evaluating their monastic observances. Joseph Gribbin works at the Borthwick Institute of Historical Research.
The mystery of true love is unveiled by characters who are often not what they seem to be in this romantic adventure of war and rescue. A kingdom, once Faithland, is enshrouded by a Rogue who has ousted his older sister, Grace, true heir to the throne. Yet is she still alive and productive within the forest? Her cousin, Prince Peter, a fine young prince-knight from Heartland, is on a quest to rescue his beloved Cassandra and the other female serfs from the ruthless clutches of this Rogue's dark knights, who have turned from following the chivalry code. He fights his own father, who has succumbed to this darkness. The torment of love and hate within him ignite in one single flame toward the ancient truth and a friend whose maps may just be the answer to finding the helpless. This friend has been taken captive by his father, and the maps, where are they to be found?
This merchant/mason, Jacob Santoro, a Jewish man from Venice, has throughout the past twenty years taught and shared civilization with all people in the lands past the Frankish Sea. Though he could have afforded to stay safe and satisfied in the refinement of Venice, he chooses to return, year after year. On this last adventure, he loses everything, including that which is most precious to him: his teenage daughter, Tirzah. She is kidnapped with the female workers of the fields.
A dying dragon and commoners most valiant and loyal to true nobility take back their freedom with the help of a very humble hermit whom nobody even seems to notice.
By pursuing an ecocritical reading, The Forest in Medieval German Literature examines passages in medieval German texts where protagonists operated in the forest and found themselves either in conflictual situations or in refuge. By probing the way the individual authors dealt with the forest, illustrating how their characters fared in this sylvan space, the role of the forest proved to be of supreme importance in understanding the fundamental relationship between humans and nature. The medieval forest almost always introduced an epistemological challenge: how to cope in life, or how to find one's way in this natural maze. By approaching these narratives through modern ecocritical issues that are paired with premodern perspectives, we gain a solid and far-reaching understanding of how medieval concepts can aid in a better understanding of human society and nature in its historical context. This book revisits some of the best and lesser known examples of medieval German literature, and the critical approach used here will allow us to recognize the importance of medieval literature for a profound reassessment of our modern existence with respect to our own forests.
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