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Christian literature, Thomas Aquinas, Benedictine, religious hymns, Latin translation, Medieval poetry, Late antiquity
Early Christianity In Its Song and Verse
Robert J. Glendinning
In the present work Professor Glendinning sets out to convey some idea of the richness of the Christian experience in the poetry—hymn lyrics and other verse forms—from Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, CE 300-1300. It is the period sometimes called the Age of Faith, when the purpose of life was to prepare one’s soul for eternity. The author selects 60 representative Latin poems and creates parallel English texts, accompanying them with explanatory notes and comment on cultural and historical background. The notes include short samples of the original Latin texts. All texts, as well as reference materials in the discussion of the texts, are meticulously documented. For those wishing to explore the matter further as to religious, social and cultural history, as well as the music of the hymns, a basic bibliography is included.
Canadian academic Robert Glendinning obtained his BA and his MA at the University of Manitoba, Canada, and his PhD at the University of Freiburg, Germany. He was a member of the Department of German and Slavic Studies at the University of Manitoba for 35 years before retiring in 1996. His teaching and research interests encompass medieval German and Scandinavian, and medieval Latin literature. His publications in these fields have appeared in seven countries and three languages.
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