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On Love: A Selection of Works of Hugh, Adam, Achard, Richard, and Godfrey of St. Victor

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The version of the Rule of St. Augustine used at the Abbey of St. Victor began with the command to love God above all things and one's neighbor as oneself. Not surprisingly, then, love was a pervasive theme in the writings produced there, many of which are introduced and translated here : (1) five lyrical essays by Hugh of St. Victor (d. 1141): The Praise of Charity; The Betrothal Gift of the Soul; In Praise of the Spouse; On the Substance of Love; What Truly Should Be Loved ?; (2) On the Four Degrees of Violent ...

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Overview

The version of the Rule of St. Augustine used at the Abbey of St. Victor began with the command to love God above all things and one's neighbor as oneself. Not surprisingly, then, love was a pervasive theme in the writings produced there, many of which are introduced and translated here : (1) five lyrical essays by Hugh of St. Victor (d. 1141): The Praise of Charity; The Betrothal Gift of the Soul; In Praise of the Spouse; On the Substance of Love; What Truly Should Be Loved ?; (2) On the Four Degrees of Violent Love, by Richard of St. Victor (d. 1173), which traces the likenesses and differences between romantic love and the love of God; (3) Achard of St. Victor (d. 1170), Sermon 5 and two of Adam of St. Victor's sequences are examples of how these authors wove love into their writings ; (4) excerpts from the Microcosmus by Godfrey of St. Victor (d. ca. 1195), summarize the central place of love in his humanistic theological anthropology.

The enormous productivity of the twelfth century canons of Paris's Abbey of Saint Victor had a tremendous influence on the great scholastic masters of the thirteenth century like Thomas Aquinas and Bonaventure. Their contemplative spirituality, transmitted via the Low Countries, would also shape the Devotio Moderna and beyond. How fortunate, then, that New City Press will provide an English language series of translations of Victorine biblical exegesis, speculative theology, liturgical works, and mystical texts. Like the householder of the Gospel, the Victorines brought forth old things and new. We are the beneficiaries of those present day scholars who make these nova et vetera available to a wide audience in fresh reliable translation. (Lawrence S. Cunningham, John A. O'Brien Professor of Theology, The University of Notre Dame)

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The Midwest Book Review
Love was perhaps one of the most major aspects of Christ's teachings. On Love discusses the writings surrounding Christ's commandment of love, that one should love God above all else and love thy neighbor as you love thyself. Hugh Feiss digs through the medieval manuscripts for much spoken on the topic and presents an interesting historical insight on the history of Christianity. On Love is a strong pick for religion and Christian studies collections.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565484344
  • Publisher: New City Press NY
  • Publication date: 5/10/2012
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Hugh Feiss, OSB, the editor of this volume, translated Achard of St. Victor, Works (2001).

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Table of Contents

Preface 9

Acknowledgments 11

Abbreviations 13

General Introduction 33

Hugh of St Victor: The Praise of the Bridegroom 113

Introduction 115

Text 125

Hugh of St Victor: On the Substance of Love 137

Introduction 139

Text 143

Hugh of St Victor: On the Praise of Charity 149

Introduction 151

Text 159

Hugh of St Victor: What Truly Should Be Loved? 169

Introduction 171

Text 179

Hugh of St Victor: Soliloquy on The Betrothal-Gift of the Soul 183

Introduction 185

Text 205

Adam of St Victor: Sequences 233

Introduction 235

Texts 237

Achard of St Victor: Sermon Five: On the Sunday of the Palm Branches 245

Introduction 247

Text 253

Richard of St Victor: On the Four Degrees of Violent Love 261

Introduction 263

Text 275

Godfrey of St Victor: Microcosm (par. 203-227) 301

Introduction 303

Text 315

Bibliography 343

Index of Scriptural References 367

Index of Victorine Authors 372

Subject Index 387

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