A Monk s Confession

Written around the year 1115, they offer an unparalleled look at the life of a monk in the Middle Ages. Guibert, who lived his entire life in northern France, called these memoirs his book of monodiae, or solitary songs.

A Monk s Confession

A Monk's Confession is the first completely new English translation of Guibert of Nogent's remarkable memoirs in over seventy years. Written around the year 1115, they offer an unparalleled look at the life of a monk in the Middle Ages. Guibert, who lived his entire life in northern France, called these memoirs his book of monodiae, or solitary songs. Many scholars consider them the first Latin autobiography in the West after Augustine's Confessions. Readers will be stirred and surprised by Guibert's intense preoccupation with the sinfulness of his soul, his visions of demons and necromancy, and his frank struggle to come to terms with his sexuality. But Guibert is also a valuable witness to his age. In addition to his personal history, his memoirs give a brief chronicle of the abbey of Nogent&—where he served as abbot for some twenty years&—and a vivid account of the bloody uprising of the Laon Commune in 1112. His observations give precious insight into education, monastic life, and the beginnings of the great medieval towns. Paul J. Archambault's translation successfully renders Guibert's Latin&—at times stylish, at times rustic&—into lively, modern English. He consulted Edmond-Ren&é Labande's authoritative 1981 Latin edition with French translation. He provides a complete introduction and annotation that help situate Guibert within the history and literature of the Middle Ages while permitting readers to judge for themselves how to interpret this fascinating voice from the past.

The Autobiography

The Autobiography


Monodies and On the Relics of Saints

It is joined in this volume by On the Relics of Saints, a theological manifesto that has never appeared in English until now.

Monodies and On the Relics of Saints

The first Western autobiography since Augustine's Confessions, the Monodies is set against the backdrop of the First Crusade and offers stunning insights into medieval society. As Guibert of Nogent intimately recounts his early years, monastic life, and the bloody uprising at Laon in 1112, we witness a world-and a mind-populated by royals, heretics, nuns, witches, and devils, and come to understand just how fervently he was preoccupied with sin, sexuality, the afterlife, and the dark arts. Exotic, disquieting, and illuminating, the Monodies is a work in which the dreams, fears, and superstitions of one man illuminate the psychology of an entire people. It is joined in this volume by On the Relics of Saints, a theological manifesto that has never appeared in English until now. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

De Vita Sua

'His [Guilbert of Nogent (d. 1124), a Benedictine monk and historiographer] "Memoirs" are equally interesting and provide precious insights into French culture of the 11th and 12th centuries.

De Vita Sua

'His [Guilbert of Nogent (d. 1124), a Benedictine monk and historiographer] "Memoirs" are equally interesting and provide precious insights into French culture of the 11th and 12th centuries.

The Jews in Medieval Normandy

The Crusaders at Rouen , 1096 The story of the massacre and ensuing forced conversion is related in his autobiography by abbot Guibert of Nogent , a near - contemporary . He indicates his intention , at the beginning of his account ...

The Jews in Medieval Normandy

This 1998 book is a comprehensive account of the high Hebraic culture developed by the Jews in Normandy during the Middle Ages, and in particular during the Anglo-Norman period. This culture has remained virtually unknown to the public and to the scholarly world throughout modern times, until a combination of recent manuscript discoveries and archaeological findings delineated this phenomenon for the first time. The book explores the origins of this remarkable community, beginning with topographical evidence pointing to the arrival of the Jews in Normandy as early as Roman and Gallo-Roman times, through autograph documentary testimony available in the Cairo Genizah manuscripts and early medieval Latin sources, finally using the rich manuscript evidence of twelfth- and early thirteenth-century writers which attest to the high cultural level attained by this community and to its social and political interaction with the Christian world of Anglo-Norman times and their aftermath.

Medieval People

Guibert de Nogent. 'utterly unskilled ... verse composition'; 'left deserted ... and master': Guibert, Abbot of Nogent-sous-Coucy, The Autobiography of Guibert, Abbot of Nogent-sous-Coucy, trans. C. C. Swinton-Bland (London: George ...

Medieval People

Contrary to modern myth, medieval people lived in an era of innovation more than of superstition. This beautifully illustrated, highly readable book will appeal to all those who want a truer picture of a world often wrongly represented today. People in the Middle Ages did not believe the earth was flat; torture was far less common than in later centuries; and technological advances included guns, printing, blast furnaces, spectacles, stirrups and the compass. Medieval People tells the life stories of seventy individuals across Europe and the Middle East from the ninth to fifteenth centuries - monarchs and merchants, popes, peasants and poets, artists and adventurers, saints, scholars and soldiers. Empire builders such as Charlemagne, and Chinggis Khan (Genghis Khan) are included as well as influential women such as Matilda of Tuscany, Eleanor of Aquitaine and Joan of Arc. Religious figures range from Urban II, the pope who started the Crusades, to Hildegard of Bingen and Thomas Becket, martyred archbishop. Fulk Nerra, pioneering castle builder, sits beside the great Persian polymath Avicenna. James Douglas, hero of Scottish independence, rubs shoulders with Dante and Giotto. Note: The ebook edition includes the complete text of the printed book with a reduced number of illustrations.

Women s Lives in Medieval Europe

Guibert de Nogent was born into a noble Fren family in the 1060s. His father died during Guibert's infancy, leaving a young widow. Guibert eventually became a monk and served as Abbot of Nogent for twenty years. His autobiography ...

Women s Lives in Medieval Europe

Praise for the first edition: 'It is difficult to imagine another book in which one could find all this diverse material, and no doubt Amt's collection, in its richness, and in its genuine clarity and simplicity will takes prominent place in our expanded, diversified medieval curriculum, a curriculum that takes class, gender, and ethnicity as central to an understanding of world cultural history.' - The Medieval Review Long considered to be a definitive and truly groundbreaking collection of sources, Women’s Lives in Medieval Europe uniquely presents the everyday lives and experiences of women in the Middle Ages. This indispensible text has now been thoroughly updated and expanded to reflect new research, and includes previously unavailable source material. This new edition includes expanded sections on marriage and sexuality, and on peasant women and townswomen, as well as a new section on women and the law. There are brief introductions both to the period and to the individual documents, study questions to accompany each reading, a glossary of terms and a fully updated bibliography. Working within a multi-cultural framework, the book focuses not just on the Christian majority, but also present material about women in minority groups in Europe, such as Jews, Muslims, and those considered to be heretics. Incorporating both the laws, regulations and religious texts that shaped the way women lived their lives, and personal narratives by and about medieval women, the book is unique in examining women’s lives through the lens of daily activities, and in doing so as far as possible through the voices of women themselves.

Viator

8 Colin Morris points out that autobiography was almost unknown in the ancient world . ... One of the more remarkable autobiographical books of the Middle Ages is the volume of memoirs of Abbot Guibert of Nogent , completed about 1116.

Viator


The Twelfth Century Renaissance

C.C. Swinton Bland, The Autobiography of Guibert, Abbot of Nogent-sous-Coucy (New York: E.P. Dutton, 1925), 16–24, 67–73; revised by Alex J. Novikoff. Latin. [Chapter 4: My Early Education] Now after birth I had hardly learned to ...

The Twelfth Century Renaissance

In his thoughtful introduction, Novikoff explores the term "twelfth-century renaissance" and whether or not it should be applied to a range of thinkers with differing outlooks and attitudes.

General Biography

the anti - pope Guibert and the emperor dispersed author , comprehending a short , but well - digested the members of that ... that upon sacerdotali Dignitate , ad Henricum Angliæ Rethe death of the abbot , in 1097 , he was elected gem ...

General Biography


Listening To Heloise

[Bland translation appeared originally as]: The Autobiography of Guibert, Abbot of Nogentsous-Coucy. Broadway Translations, Medieval Section. London: Routledge; New York: E. P. Dutton, 1925, 1926. [In French translation]: Autobiographie ...

Listening To Heloise

Heloise, the twelfth-century French abbess and reformer, emerges from this book as one of history's most extraordinary women, a thinker-writer of profound insight and skill. Her supple and learned mind attracted the most radical philosopher of her time, Peter Abelard. He became her teacher, lover, husband, and finally monastic ally. That relationship has made her fame until now. But Heloise is far more important in her own right. Seventeen experts of international standing collaborate here to reveal and analyze how Heloise's daring achievements shaped normative issues of theology, rhetoric, rational argument, gender, and emotional authenticity. At last we are able to see her for herself, in her moment of history and human awareness.

General biography or Lives critical and historical of the most eminent persons of all ages countries conditions and professions chiefly composed by J Aikin and W Enfield

Guibert was alternately master of responding member of the academies of Berlin Rome , or a fugitive from that city , as the ... M . came chancellor to Henry IV . king of Ger- GUIBERT , abbot , an historian , was born many , and through ...

General biography  or  Lives  critical and historical  of the most eminent persons of all ages  countries  conditions and professions  chiefly composed by J  Aikin and W  Enfield


Medieval Hagiography

Another interesting comparison to a woman of the contemporary nobility is that provided by the widowed mother of Abbot Guibert of Nogent. The first book of Guibert's Monodiae is available in several translations: The Autobiography of ...

Medieval Hagiography

First published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The Histories of a Medieval German City Worms c 1000 c 1300

1 Eckenbert died at the age of 53 in 1132, indicating that he was born in 1079. 2 A chamberlain (camerarius) ... For Guibert's reflections on his own education and life, see The Autobiography of Guibert, abbot of NogentsousCoucy, trans.

The Histories of a Medieval German City  Worms c  1000 c  1300

Germany was the most powerful kingdom in the medieval West from the mid-tenth to the mid-thirteenth century. However, its history remains largely unknown outside of the German-speaking regions of modern Europe. Until recently, almost all of the sources for medieval Germany were available only in the original Latin or in German translations, while most scholarly investigation has been in German. The limited English-language scholarship has focused on royal politics and the aristocracy. Even today, English-speaking students will find very little about the lower social orders, or Germany’s urban centers that came to play an increasingly important role in the social, economic, political, religious, and military life of the German kingdom after the turn of the millennium. The translation of the four texts in this volume is intended to help fill these lacunae. They focus on the city of Worms in the period c.1000 to c.1300. From them readers can follow developments in this city over a period of almost three centuries from the perspective of writers who lived there, gaining insights about the lives of both rich and poor, Christian and Jew. No other city in Germany provides a similar opportunity for comparison of changes over time. As important, Worms was an ’early adopter’ of new political, economic, institutional, and military traditions, which would later become normative for cities throughout the German kingdom. Worms was one of the first cities to develop as a center of episcopal power; it was also one of the first to develop an independent urban government, and was precocious in emerging as a de facto city-state in the mid-thirteenth century. These political developments, with their concomitant social, economic, and military consequences, would define urban life throughout the German kingdom. In sum, the history of Worms as told in the narrative sources in this volume can be understood as illuminating the broader urban history of the German kingdom at the heigh