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Citadel of God: A Novel about Saint Benedict

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Louis de Wohl Another of the popular historical novels by the distinguished de Wohl, telling the dramatic story of St. Benedict, the father of Western monasticism, who played such a major role in the Christianization and civilization of post-Roman Europe in the sixth century. De Wohl weaves an intricate tapestry of love, violence and piety to recount with historical accura ...more
Paperback, 345 pages
Published March 1st 1994 by Ignatius Press (first published 1960)
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Oct 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Now i know why 16 Popes have taken the name, Benedict!
Jan 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"The fact that I want a thing, does not make that thing either better or worse. What God wants must be good. To do what he wants is duty and sacrifice only when I don't want to do it, but when I do, it's joy. In fact, there is no greater joy. There can't be. When the day comes for you to decide about your aim in life, ask yourself first whether it can be want God wants, and if the answer is an honest yes, go and do it and you will be happy, whatever comes." (page 89)

"A saint was a lover; he was
Judy Olmanson
Feb 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Not ad good as I expected. Too little focus on St. Benedict. Hardly about him at all.
Julie Davis
Oct 07, 2014 rated it liked it
This was one of those books which Louis de Wohl devoted more to the history of the times than to the saint who was the subject of the book. I normally don't mind that because I understand that those quieter saints (Thomas Aquinas for example) don't have a lot that one can weave into a storyline a lot of the time. However I was a bit miffed because we don't see much of Benedict until the second half of the book and I wanted to see more about his establishment of his first monasteries.

Also, in th
Amanda Weaver
Aug 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
I have have loved the other books I've read by Louis de Wohl, but this one I didn't. It was much more about what was going on in Rome during the time St. Benedict lived than about St. Benedict's life. The book was well-written as usual for Louis de Wohl. It just didn't appeal to me as much as his others.
Not my favourite of De Wohl's but he gives an excellent depiction of the various political and religious conflicts/climate of the time of St Benedict and how he and his order was and is a much needed breath of fresh air. It is also great for the gems of wisdom by both Benedict and Boethius interspersed throughout the book.
Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
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This book was great. I thought that it would be a direct story about St. Benedict, but instead most of it wasn't about the saint. This is the first book by De Whol that I have read, and though the level was a little difficult, I enjoyed the challenge and the great writing.
Jan 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Great account of the lives of Boethius and Benedict. Looking at Wikipedia afterward, I saw that Boethius and Benedict were born about the same time, and that Boethius is a Christian martyr. De Wohl has a knack for making history vivid with contemporary implications.
Very well written book about St Benedict and Boethius. Sets the period extremely well
Jozo Mandić
Jun 26, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A gdje je sv. Benedikt u ovoj knjizi?!?!?!
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Mr. de Wohl was a Knight Commander of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre and his wife (nee Ruth Magdalene Lorch, whom he married in 1953) is a Lady Commander of the same Order. His fifty books include The Living Wood (Lippincott, 1947), Imperial Renegade (id., 1950), The Restless Flame (id., 1951), Throne of the World (id., 1949; published in England as Attila), The Golden Thread (Lippincott, 1952), ...more
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