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The Life of Christina of Markyate

A Twelfth-Century Recluse

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The Life of Christina of Markyate
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The Life of Christiana of Markyate gives an exceptionally vivid account of the struggles of a young girl, vowed at an early age to celibacy, to escape the matrimonial snares set by her parents and her friends. She was born of well-to-do burgesses of Huntingdon in the opening years of the twelfth century, who succeeded in betrothing her to a local nobleman. But the marriage was not consummated, and eventually she escaped, became a recluse and a nun, and the prioress of a small community at Markyate in Hertfordshire, under the patronage of the abbot and monks of St Albans, who made the famous St Albans' Psalter for her. The Life, written by one of her chaplains largely from her own reminiscences, was discovered, or rediscovered, by C.H. Talbot in a Cotton Manuscript in the British Library. First published by the Clarendon Press in 1959, it is now reissued. It is one of the remarkable discoveries of our time, and a classic of historical literature.
Release date NZ
May 7th, 1987
Contributor
Edited by C.H. Talbot
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
frontispiece, map
Imprint
Clarendon Press
Pages
214
Dimensions
144x222x18
ISBN-13
9780198212744
Product ID
2245916

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