This collection of twenty-one essays reflects the enduring fascination with Anselm and his world in ways that stress both the continuities and discontinuities with the present day.
This collection of twenty-one essays is based on papers originally delivered at a conference commemorating the nine hundredth anniversary of Anselm’s death in 1109. The breadth of the essays presented in this volume reflects the enduring fascination with Anselm and his world in ways that stress both the continuities and discontinuities with the present-day
Giles E.M. Gasper is Lecturer in the Department of History, Durham University, and Associate Director of Durham University Institute of Medieval and Renaissance Studies.
Ian Logan is a Senior Research Fellow at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford, who teaches medieval philosophy.
Anselm’s importance is rediscovered in every generation, and this splendid volume, marking the nine hundredth anniversary of Anselm’s death, bears witness to the continuing fruitfulness of these encounters. The authors examine with fresh eyes the long history of Anselm’s reception: first, among his contemporaries at Bec and Canterbury, and then in the twelfth-century ‘Renaissance’. The subsequent history of that reception and the transformation in the late medieval schools and in the vernacular literature of the later Middle Ages provide the materials for two more sections of the volume, and a cluster of essays at the close tackles the question of Anselm’s contested influence on writers and thinkers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. A magnificent voyage of discovery spanning some nine hundred years, this volume is a fitting tribute to one of the great medieval authors whose influence has flourished in many different settings and continues to work even in our own times.
-- Joseph Goering, University of Toronto