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, 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....
|Title||:||The Golden Legend: Readings on the Saints|
|Publisher||:||Princeton University Press Reprint edition April 22, 2012|
|Number of Pages||:||848 pages|
|File Size||:||972 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Golden Legend: Readings on the Saints Reviews
Nowhere in the intro or apparatus to this translation does the publisher tell us that this is an ABRIDGED version of the GL. If you look at the Medieval Sourcebook (online) and check Caxton's 1483 edition of the GL, you find all sorts of other stories--such as of Adam, Noah, Ten Commandments, etc. that do not appear here. So, while this is a useful digest of the original, much material that medieval audiences read is missing here, without any notification to the reader about what has been excluded, esp. as I have noticed so far, in the early parts of the work. Great stuff, but misleading to the scholar who's looking for the GL itself. A simple list of what usually appears in the GL, and has been left out, would be most helpful.
The Golden Legend is a fascinating book containing a wealth of valuable historical and traditional information about the men and women of the first thousand years who founded and expanded the church. It is impossible to comprehend the spread of Christianity especially for the first two centuries taking place in a vacuum. The exploits of the early missionaries had to have been documented. Accept the term "Legend" as correctly meaning 'stories that should be passed on' and not as myth and the book contains many of these documentations as seen through and interpreted by the eyes of the then observers.
The essential guide to traditional Catholic mores. A wonderful mixture of Catechism, Saint's lives, and devotional reading rolled into one!
Must read for every Catholic. Fascinating book about true Catholic faith.
New as described.
A very useful book for the studies on Hagiography. Good edition in one volume, easy to carry around,but really expensive!
Large, well organized story of the saints.
For lovers of tangible books, possessing heft, taking up space, and suffering entropy with everything else, the Golden Legend makes a spectacular addition to your bookcase! If you happened to have survived parochial school, the content as well is priceless!