By Jacobus de Voragine, William Granger Ryan, Eamon Duffy
Depicting the lives of the saints in an array of genuine and fictional tales, The Golden Legend used to be maybe the main greatly learn ebook, after the Bible, throughout the past due heart a while. It used to be compiled round 1260 by means of Jacobus de Voragine, a scholarly friar and later archbishop of Genoa, whose goal was once to captivate, inspire, and edify the devoted, whereas maintaining an unlimited shop of knowledge referring to the legends and traditions of the church. during this translation, the 1st in English of the entire textual content, William Granger Ryan captures the immediacy of this wealthy paintings, which deals a major consultant for readers attracted to medieval paintings and literature and, extra usually, in renowned non secular tradition.
Arranged in response to the order of saints' banquet days, those attention-grabbing tales at the moment are mixed into one quantity. This variation additionally good points an advent via Eamon Duffy contextualizing the work.
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