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(PUBPenguin)Although meditative prayer had been practiced for centuries, Anselm broke with liturgical forms and wrote essentially private prayers that could be recited by laity or monks, and thus transformed Western piety forever. His language is filled with striking images, intricate antitheses, and heartfelt faith. 287 pages, softcover.
Mostly written between 1070 and 1080, before he became Archbishop of Canterbury, the prayers and meditations of Anselm of Aosta created a tradition of intimate, intensely personal devotional works written in subtle and theologically daring prose. While the "Prayer to God" is based on the Lord's Prayer, the "Prayer to Christ" is inspired by ardent private emotion and other prayers invest saints with individual attributes, with John the Baptist as the friend, Peter as the shepherd and Mary Magdalene as the forgiving lover, among many others. The meditations include a searching exploration of the state of the soul and a lament on the loss of purity, and the Proslogion discusses the mysteries of faith. With their bright imagery, beautiful language and highly original thought, the works of Anselm have secured a lasting place in both religious and secular literature.
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Translated and with an introduction by Benedicta Ward with a foreword by R. W. Southern.