Edited by Daniel E. Bornstein
In these lively and incisive essays, Andre Vauchez, a leading French historian of medieval religious life, explores the religious beliefs and devotional practices of lay people in medieval Europe.
“The translation is on the whole elegant, capturing Vauchez’s own luminous prose with considerable grace. The result is a text which makes the recent work of this major scholar accessible to beginning student and more seasoned researcher alike.” — The Catholic Historical Review
“Vauchez arguably is the leading scholar of medieval spirituality. This is an extremely important collection and we are fortunate that it is now available to an English-reading public.” — Speculum
“A fundamental work for historians of Christianity.” — Religious Studies Review
“This is not a volume on the general tenor of lay spirituality during specific centuries of medieval church life. It is basically a volume on particular and individual manifestations of intense holiness by specific lay Christians. The ‘case histories’ are both valuable and delightful reading.” — Theological Studies