Mediaeval Sources in Translation

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Translated by
Giulio Silano

Regino of Prüm. Two Books on Synodal Causes and Ecclesiastical Disciplines

Forthcoming

Mediaeval Sources in Translation 60; Saint Michael’s College Mediaeval Translations. 2021. viii, 366 pp. ISBN 978-0-88844-310-6 • Paper • $35.00

Regino of Prüm (ca. 840–915), after being deposed as abbot of Prüm, became a notable musical theorist, historical chronicler, and student of the canons. His Two Books on Synodal Causes and Ecclesiastical Disciplines have generally been seen as practical handbooks to be used in the decision of synodal cases. Although they may have been used in the course of episcopal visitations, they are not to be read as limited to such use.

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A translation of the Narrationes aliquot fabulosae with an introduction and notes by David R. Winter

The Llanthony Stories

Mediaeval Sources in Translation 59; Saint Michael’s College Mediaeval Translations. 2021. x, 174 pp. ISBN 978-0-88844-309-0 • Paper • $25.00

Compiled in the early thirteenth century, The Llanthony Stories is a fragmentary collection of exemplaria gathered by an anonymous canon at the Augustinian priory of Llanthony Secunda, Gloucester. While intended primarily for the edification of readers and those who heard the stories preached in sermons, many of the thirty-five exempla offer humorous (even ribald) glimpses of life in the Severn watershed and beyond. Filled with short tales of greedy archdeacons, licentious monks, pious laymen and prelates trying to navigate their world with decorum and piety, the work expands our knowledge of ecclesiastical politics and evangelical priorities in the Anglo-Norman church.

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Translated by
Claire Taylor Jones

Women’s History in the Age of Reformation: Johannes Meyer’s Chronicle of the Dominican Observance

Mediaeval Sources in Translation 58; Saint Michael’s College Mediaeval Translations. 2019. x, 306 pp. ISBN 978-0-88844-308-3 • Paper • $35.00

In his work The Book of the Reformation of the Order of Preachers, the Dominican friar Johannes Meyer (1422–1485) drew on letters, treatises, and other written records, as well as interviews, oral accounts, and his own personal experience, to record the blossoming of the Observant reform movement.

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Translated by
Ian Short

Three Anglo-Norman Kings: The Lives of William the Conqueror and Sons by Benoît de Sainte-Maure

Mediaeval Sources in Translation 57. 2018. viii, 228 pp.
ISBN 978-0-88844-307-6 • Paper • $25.00

Best known as a Medieval French romance writer, Benoît de Sainte-Maure was the author of the pioneering and widely copied Roman de Troie, composed, it is thought, around 1165. This consisted of a 30,000-verse reworking, in twelfth-century terms, of Latin narratives purporting to describe the siege of Troy, enlivened by what the poet refers to as “bons dits” (apposite amplifications). All that is known of him, apart from what can be deduced from his two works, is that he was a learned monk from the region of Tours in North-West France. His reputation as a poet must have reached the ears of Henry II who, sometime in the 1170s, commissioned him to compose a verse history of the English king’s Norman ancestors. Benoît thus found himself successor to the Norman historiographer Wace whose vernacular French Roman de Rou, named after Normandy’s founder Rollo, was abandoned in favour of Benoît’s Histoire des ducs de Normandie.

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Translated by
Ian Short

A Life of Thomas Becket in Verse: La Vie de saint Thomas Becket by Guernes de Pont-Sainte-Maxence

Mediaeval Sources in Translation 56. 2013. viii, 202 pp.
ISBN 978–0–88844–306–9 • Paper • $25.00

Composed in the immediate aftermath of Becket's murder in 1170, Guernes de Pont-Sainte-Maxence's 6000-line narrative poem is the earliest Life of Becket to appear in the French vernacular. It was written to be listened to by lay men and women, and provides a picture of events as they would have reached a contemporary French-speaking public avid for first-hand knowledge of their new heroic martyr.

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Translated by
Roland J. Teske

William of Auvergne: On Morals

Mediaeval Sources in Translation 55; St Michael's College Mediaeval Translations. 2013. xxvi, 250 pp.
ISBN 978–0–88844–305–2 • Paper • $30.00

William of Auvergne, bishop of Paris from 1228 to 1249, was not only one of the most prolific writers in philosophy and theology of the first half of the thirteenth century but also one of the first to use the new translations of Greek and Islamic thought that poured into the Latin West in that century. In On Morals he extols the value of the nine virtues in a sophisticated narrative where each of the virtues speaks for itself, explaining its importance.

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Translated by
Thomas S. Maloney

Roger Bacon: On Signs

Translated with an introduction and notes by Thomas S. Maloney.
Mediaeval Sources in Translation 54. 2013. xii, 148 pp.
ISBN 978–0–88844–304–5 • Paper • $19.95

Roger Bacon's Opus maius represents an attempt to create a whole new vision of what Christian education should be, one centered on service to the Church. One chapter of this work, “On Signs,” is the most comprehensive and innovative treatise on semiotics in the thirteenth century. To understand the myriad ways in which things and words signify, Bacon says, is “a thing of marvelous usefulness and beauty.”

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Jean Connell Hoff, John Friedman and Robert Chazan

The Trial of the Talmud: Paris, 1240

Hebrew texts translated by John Friedman; Latin texts translated by Jean Connell Hoff; historical essay by Robert Chazan. MST 53. 2012. x, 182 pp. ISBN 978–0–88844–303–8 • $21.95

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Peter of Limoges

The Moral Treatise on the Eye

Translated with an introduction by Richard Newhauser. MST 51. 2012. xxxiv, 272 pp. ISBN 978–0–88844–301–4 • $39.95

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Geoffrey of Vinsauf

Poetria nova

Revised edition. Translated by Margaret F. Nims. Introduction to the revised edition by Martin Camargo. MST 49. 2010. vi, 96 pp. ISBN 978–0–88844–299–4 • $16.95 

The Poetria nova, written by the Englishman Geoffrey of Vinsauf shortly after 1200, was the most influential medieval treatise on rhetorical poetics.

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Translated by
Thomas S. Maloney

Roger Bacon: The Art and Science of Logic

A translation of the Summulae dialectices with notes and introduction by Thomas S. Maloney. MST 47. 2009. xxviii, 256 pp. ISBN 978–0–88844–297–0 • $45.00

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Raymond of Penyafort

Summa on Marriage

Translated by Pierre Payer. MST 41; St Michael's College Mediaeval Translations. 2005. viii, 98 pp. ISBN 978–0–88844–291–8 • $21.95 

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Translated by
R.E. Houser

The Cardinal Virtues: Aquinas, Albert, and Philip the Chancellor

MST 39; Studies in Mediaeval Moral Teaching 4. 2004. x, 256 pp. ISBN 978–0–88844–289–5 • $29.95

The four cardinal virtues, first identified by Plato, are discussed through these translations of the works of three major medieval thinkers. The extensive introduction traces the development of the concept through to the thirteenth century.

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