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Fragments of a World

William of Auvergne and His Medieval Life

The first modern biography of medieval French scholar and bishop William of Auvergne.
Today, William of Auvergne (1180?–1249) is remembered for his scholarship about the afterlife as well as the so-called Trial of the Talmud. But the medieval bishop of Paris also left behind nearly 600 sermons delivered to all manner of people—from the royal court to the poorest in his care. In Fragments of a World, Lesley Smith uses these sermons to paint a vivid picture of this extraordinary cleric, his parishioners, and their bustling world. The first modern biography of the influential teacher, bishop, and theologian, Fragments of a World casts a new image of William of Auvergne for our times—deeply attuned to both the spiritual and material needs of an ever-changing populace in the medieval city.

320 pages | 2 halftones | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2

Biography and Letters

Medieval Studies

Religion: Christianity

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
One Seeing in a Smoky Mirror
Two Home and Family
Three Teachers and Teaching
Four Paris
Five Bishop
Six Language
Seven Knowing
Eight Jews
Nine Women
Ten The Weak
Eleven Poverty
Twelve The Landed and the Monied
Thirteen Animals
Fourteen Food and Drink
Fifteen Death and Beyond
Sixteen Face to Face
List of Abbreviations

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