Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Thomas of Cantimpré: The Collected Saints' Lives. Abbot John of Cantimpré, Christina the Astonishing, Margaret of Ypes, and Lutgard of Aywières

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Thomas of Cantimpré: The Collected Saints' Lives. Abbot John of Cantimpré, Christina the Astonishing, Margaret of Ypes, and Lutgard of Aywières

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Thomas of Cantimpré: The Collected Saints' Lives. Abbot John of Cantimpré, Christina the Astonishing, Margaret of Ypres, andLutgard of Aywières, ed. and introd. Barbara Newman, trans. Margot H King and Barbara Newman, Medieval Women: Texts and Contexts 19 (Turnhout Brepols, 2008). ix + 321 pp. ISBN 978-2-503-52078-0. euro60.00. Whereas some of the thirteenth-century Latin biographies from the Low Countries have their origins in an Augustinian (e.g. Jacques de Vitry) or Cistercian context (e.g. the texts associated with Villers), the works of Thomas of Cantimpré (¿-.1200-^.1 265/70) mark the specifically Dominican component in this literature. Thomas is best known for his natural history, De natura rerum, and his extensive and widely circulated exempla collection, the Bonum universale de apibus. Here, following on from his Supplementum to the life of Marie d'Oignies presented in a previous volume of this valuable series, Barbara Newman offers new or revised versions of previously published translations of Thomas of Cantimpré's Lives of the Augustinian Abbot John of Cantimpré (a late twelfth-century 'northern Francis'), of Christina Mirabilis ('a woman possessed', ci 150-1224), of Margaret of Ypres ('teenage ascetic', 1216-37), and Lutgard of Aywières ('patron of Purgatory', 1 1 82- 1 246). …

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