Goscelin of St Bertin: The Book of Encouragement and by Monika Otter

By Monika Otter

Goscelin of St Bertin's 'Book of Encouragement and comfort' (Liber Confortatorius) is amazing either as an instance of high-medieval religious perform and as a list of a private dating. Written in approximately 1083 through the monk Goscelin to a protegee and private pal, the recluse Eva, it takes up the culture of St Jerome's letters of non secular suggestions to girls, and anticipates medieval suggestion literature for anchoresses. As a compendious treatise, incorporating quite a few exempla, excerpts from theological discussions, and suggestion on meditative perform, it has a lot to inform us concerning the highbrow pursuits and preoccupations of non secular humans within the past due 11th century. As a private record, it permits a desirable and uncommonly intimate perception into the psychology of spiritual lifestyles, the feel of self, the development of gender, and the relationships among women and men within the excessive center ages.

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