The Golden Legend: Readings on the Saints, Volume I
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Depicting the lives of the saints in an array of both factual and fictional stories, "The Golden Legend" was perhaps the most widely read book, after the Bible, during the late Middle Ages. In his new translation, the first in modern English of the complete text from the Graesse edition, William Granger Ryan captures the immediacy of this rich, image-filled work, and offer...more
Paperback, 410 pages
Published April 9th 1995 by Princeton University Press (first published 1993)
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Feb 27, 2008 Suz rated it 5 of 5 stars
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I really enjoyed reading this. It's pretty easy to read, and the stories are so amazing! Literally! They're pretty much outrageous. Out of the gb books this year, this is one of the ones I enjoyed more.
Supposedly the most widely-read book of the Middle Ages after the Bible. A quote on the back describes it as "the literary equivalent of...stained glass". Delightful and wonderfully strange.
Jul 19, 2007 Gretchyn rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those few mystical readers
A compilation of the lives of the saints, but honestly, only interesting if you are predisposed to that sort of thing. That said, I love it.
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Blessed Jacobus de Varagine or Voragine (Italian: Giacomo da Varazze, Jacopo da Varazze; c. 1230 – July 13 or July 16, 1298) was an Italian chronicler and archbishop of Genoa. He was the author, or more accurately the compiler, of Legenda Sanctorum, also known as the Golden Legend, a collection of the legendary lives of the greater saints of the medieval church that was one of the most popular rel...more
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