William of Malmesbury's Commentary on Lamentations is one of the rare works of biblical commentary produced by an English Benedictine in the twelfth century. Surviving complete in a single manuscript, and in burnt fragments of another, it is here edited for the first time. Although the work is explicitly based upon the ninth-century commentary by Paschasius, it is enriched by William's own wide and deep reading of the Bible, the Fathers and the Latin Classics. Here we find the great historian grappling with theological and moral issues both universal and personal, as he attempts to understand God's disciplining of His people, whether understood as the Jews, the Church, or the English of William's own day.
Michael Winterbottom is Corpus Christi Professor of Latin Emeritus in the University of Oxford.Rodney M. Thomson is Emeritus Professor of Medieval History in the University of Tasmania.
"Voici un beau travail, qui achève de nous faire connaître l'importante figure que fut en son temps et que reste pour nous Guillaume de Malmesbury" (P.-M. Bogaert, dans: Revue Bénédictine, 122/1, juin 2012, p. 204-205)
"Translating medieval Latin text into modern lengauges is no easy business: (...). This translation, therefore, is a magnificent feat: not only does it render Wiliam's sometimes highly idiosyncratic Latin into readable, contemporary English, it also manages to do so with panache. Winterbottom should be recommended for having undertaken to provide the greater public with access to such a full work of medieval exegesis as is Williams's Lamentations commentary; these translations are still rare." (Alexander Andrée, in: The Journal of Medieval Latin, 23, 2013, p. 394-399; joint review of Corpus Christianorum in Translation 13)