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The Life and Passion of William of Norwich by Thomas of Monmouth
  

The Life and Passion of William of Norwich

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A chronicle from 12th century England which holds a unique and terrible place in the history of anti-Semitism, that gives insight into life in a medieval cathedral city, capturing the everyday concerns of ordinary people and focussing on the miraculous cures carried out at a shrine.

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The Life and Passion of William of Norwich by Thomas of Monmouth

This is a fascinating surviving chronicle from 12th century England which holds a unique and terrible place in the history of anti-Semitism. The Life and Passion of William of Norwich gives a remarkable insight into life in a medieval cathedral city, brilliantly capturing the everyday concerns of ordinary people and focussing on the miraculous cures carried out at a shrine. But this was no ordinary shrine; fervent worshippers gathered around the burial-place where they believed that a boy was buried, a boy murdered by the Jews of Norwich. A chilling, highly significant document, The Life and Passion of William of Norwich is, as far as we know, the earliest version of what was to become the 'blood libel' which has haunted Europe ever since. Miri Rubin both superbly translates the book and in her introduction interprets the sequence of events that led to the monk Thomas of Monmouth's appalling narrative. The consequences of his fantasies have been incalculable.

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The task of the translator is to make the wind not seen but felt. Miri Robinson accomplishes this in her translation...A readable edition rich with scholarship.

-Seth Lere, Times Literary Supplement


About the Author

Thomas of Monmouth was a monk in Norwich cathedral priory in the mid-twelfth century, but nothing more is known about his life. Miri Rubin is Professor of Medieval and Early Modern History at Queen Mary, University of London. She is the author of two books for Penguin: The Hollow Crown: A History of Britain in the Late Middle Ages and Mother of God: A History of the Virgin Mary.

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Book Info

Publication date

25th September 2014

Author

Thomas of Monmouth

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Publisher

Penguin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
320 pages

Categories

History
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ISBN

9780141197487

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