The Penguin Book of the Undead

Since ancient times, accounts of supernatural activity have mystified us Ghost stories as we know them did not develop until the late nineteenth century, but the restless dead haunted the premodern imagination in many forms, as recorded in historical narratives, theological texts, and personal lett

Christian Mysticism

I General Characteristics of Mysticism II The Mystical Element in the Bible III Christian Platonism and Speculative Mysticism 1 In the East IV Christian Platonism and Speculative Mysticism 2 In the West V Practical and Devotional Mysticism VI Practical and Devotional Mysticism _continue

The Canterbury Tales: A Selection

Lively, absorbing, often outrageously funny, Chaucer s The Canterbury Tales is a work of genius, an undisputed classic that has held a special appeal for each generation of readers The Canterbury Tales gather twenty nine of literature s most enduring and endearing characters in a vivid group

Heroes and Anti-Heroes in Medieval Romance

Medieval romances so insistently celebrate the triumphs of heroes and the discomfiture of villains that they discourage recognition of just how morally ambiguous, antisocial or even downright sinister their protagonists can be, and, correspondingly, of just how admirable or impressive their defeated

The Art of Courtly Love

After becoming popularized by the troubadours of southern France in the 12th century, the social system of courtly love soon spread Evidence of the influence of courtly love in the culture literature of most of western Europe spans centuries This unabridged edition of codifies life at Queen Elea

The Book of Margery Kempe

The Book of Margery Kempe c 1436 8 is the extraordinary account of a medieval wife, mother, and mystic Known as the earliest autobiography written in the English language, Kempe s Book describes the dramatic transformation of its heroine from failed businesswoman and lustful young wife to devout