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Re: holiness and the natural world

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Charles Giguere <[log in to unmask]>

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medieval-religion: Scholarly discussions of medieval religion and culture

Hello, Chara,

You will have an embarrass de richesse, lucky you. Celtic saints' lives are 
very rich in material about animals.  These are not new, but you  might find 
the following useful, Sister Mary Donatus, Birds and Beasts in the Lives of 
Early Irish Saints, Philadelphia, 1934; William Parker Marsh and Christopher 
Bamford, Celtic Christianity, Ecology and Holiness. An Anthology, Edinburgh, 
1986; and, of course, Charles Plummer's intro. to Vitae Sanctorum Hiberniae, 
Oxford [1910] 1968. For texts, besides the lives in the VSH above, don't 
forget the gorgeous Adomnan's Life of Columba, ed. and trans. Alan Orr 
Anderson and Marjorie Ogilvie Anderson, rev. M. O. A., Oxford, 1991; C. 
Plummer, ed. and trans. Bethada Naem nErenn (with appropriate accents I 
haven't figured out), Oxford, 1922; William W. Heist, Vitae Sanctorum 
Hiberniae ex codice olim Salmanticensi nunc Bruxellensi, Bruxelles, 1965.

Bernadette Filotas


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From: "Chara Armon" <[log in to unmask]>
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Subject: [M-R] holiness and the natural world


medieval-religion: Scholarly discussions of medieval religion and culture

Hello.  I am re-joining the list after a hiatus.  My Ph.D. is in medieval 
and
Renaissance history; I have worked extensively on the cult of St. Joseph and
teach in the Philadelphia area.  My current interest relates to medieval 
ideas
regarding the natural world.  I'm gathering examples, from texts of all 
kinds, of
appreciation, tenderness, or care for the natural world (plants, animals,
Creation generally) and would appreciate any pointers to writers or texts.
Recently I noticed John Ruusbroec's recommendations of the work of bees and
ants as a model for human spirituality (in his Spiritual Espousals), and I'm
wondering whether anyone has thoughts on any past history of this concept
or on other writers who expressed it.  Finally, if anyone wishes to 
recommend
secondary works on medieval perspectives on nature and ecology, I'll be
happy to know of them.

Sincerely,
Chara Armon

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