Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Thomas of Cantimpré: The Collected Saints Lives-Abbot John of Cantimpré, Christina the Astonishing, Margaret of Ypres, and Lutgard of Aywières

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Thomas of Cantimpré: The Collected Saints Lives-Abbot John of Cantimpré, Christina the Astonishing, Margaret of Ypres, 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, and Lutgard of Aywières. Ed. Barbara Newman. Trans. Margot H. King and Barbara Newman. [Medieval Women: Texts and Contexts.] (Turnhout: Brepols, 2008. Pp. x, 324. euro60,00. ISBN 978-2-503-52078-0.)

In Thomas of Cantimpré Barbara Newman builds on Margot King's early work - polishing translations, supplementing the apparatus, and bringing it up-to-date and in line with the scholarly norms for this type of production. In addition, Newman adds a finely wrought general introduction to the world and hagiographical writing of the Dominican Thomas of Cantimpré (c, 1200- c. 1270) as well as a new and accomplished translation of Thomas's earliest hagiographical effort, the Life of John of Cantimpré.

The Life of John of Cantimpré, along with the three improved translations reprinted in the volume, allows the reader to compare and contrast his treatment of his early male spiritual hero with that of three women: the fiercely adolescent Dominican devotee Margaret of Ypres, the madly spectacular mulier religiosa Christine of St. …

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