The Golden Legend: Readings on the Saints

The Golden Legend: Readings on the Saints

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The Golden Legend: Readings on the Saints

Depicting the lives of the saints in an array of factual and fictional stories, The Golden Legend was perhaps the most widely read book, after the Bible, during the late Middle Ages. It was compiled around 1260 by Jacobus de Voragine, a scholarly friar and later archbishop of Genoa, whose purpose was to captivate, encourage, and edify the faithful, while preserving a vast store of information pertaining to the legends and traditions of the church. In this translation, the first in English of the complete text, William Granger Ryan captures the immediacy of this rich work, which offers an important guide for readers interested in medieval art and literature and, more generally, in popular religious culture.

Arranged according to the order of saints' feast days, these fascinating stories are now combined into one volume. This edition also features an introduction by Eamon Duffy contextualizing the work.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691154077
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 04/22/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 824
Sales rank: 481,562
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.70(d)

Table of Contents

  • FrontMatter, pg. i
  • Contents, pg. vii
  • Introduction to the 2012 Edition, pg. xi
  • Acknowledgments, pg. xxi
  • Prologue, pg. 1
  • 1–24, pg. 4
  • 25–54, pg. 105
  • 55–89, pg. 225
  • 90–119, pg. 350
  • 120–149, pg. 484
  • 150–169, pg. 616
  • 170–182, pg. 709
  • Index, pg. 783

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