The Book of St Gilbert was written by a canon of the Order of Sempringham and is presented here in its first, full, critical edition. It contains all the documents of the canonization process of St Gilbert and his life, including a dossier of letters concerning a major crisis of his rule, the revolt of the lay brothers; a detailed account of the canonization process; and two collections of his miracles. The book is especially revealing of the procedures of canonization at a crucial stage in its formation and provides a central body of material for the history of the Order in its first sixty years.
`Oxford Medieval Texts ... has once again put every medievalist in its debt ... The Book of St Gilbert ... sumptuously produced and beautifully printed' Journal of Medieval History
`This is a worthy addition to the exemplary list of Oxford Medieval Texts... The whole should be required reading for all historians of the period and for those with a wider interest in women's spirituality in the Middle Ages.' Times Literary Supplement
`excellent critical edition of the entire manuscript. Such an edition has been sorely needed ... This volume is a delight, which will be welcomed by medievalists interested in England, monasticism, canon law, hagiography, or women's history ... Foreville deserves much credit for raising issues which should spur further reflections on the Gilbertines. Without any question, her edition of the "Book" is a most valuable contribution to medieval studies.'
Speculum - A Journal of Medieval Studies
Series: Oxford Medieval Texts
Number Of Pages: 500
Published: 2nd April 1987
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97
Weight (kg): 0.74