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1940 Hymnal (TEC)

1961    857 Pages    (Church Pension Fund)

LCC: M2125

A classic hymnal that is used by St. Aelred and the Our Lady of Walsingham Cathedral (OCSP). It includes many classic Anglican hymns written in the 17-18th centuries, or which are ancient Catholic hymns translated into English during that time.

A classic hymnal that is used by St. Aelred and the Our Lady of Walsingham Cathedral (OCSP). It includes many classic Anglican hymns written in the 17-18th centuries, or which are ancient Catholic hymns translated into English during that time. [less]

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Abolition of Man, The

C. S. Lewis

128 Pages    (HarperOne)

DDC: 370.1    LCC: LB41

C. S. Lewis sets out to show his audience why many English classes no longer teach Grammar but Moral Relativism, why its contradictory, and how Emotivism (the theory that all speech is about self-expression of emtions) is ultimately false and blocks us from The Divine.

C. S. Lewis sets out to show his audience why many English classes no longer teach Grammar but Moral Relativism, why its contradictory, and how Emotivism (the theory that all speech is about self-expression of emtions) is ultimately false and blocks us from The Divine. [less]

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Absolutely Null and Utterly Void

John Jay Hughes

1968    348 Pages    (Bloomsbury Publishing Plc)

DDC: 283    LCC: BX5178.H8 1968b

Hughes goes into the logic of the encyclical that declared all Anglican Orders (Ordinations) "absolutely null and utterly void."

Hughes goes into the logic of the encyclical that declared all Anglican Orders (Ordinations) "absolutely null and utterly void." [less]

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Aelred Of Rievaulx: Mirror of Charity

1990    324 Pages    (Cistercian)

DDC: 241.4    LCC: BV4639

Aelred of Rievaulx possessed a personal charm which drew friends and disciples naturally to him. His own experience of human weakness in a worldly life at the court of King David of Scotland made him sensitive to the doctrine of charity which he found among cistercian monks.The Mirror of Charity gives us a solid theology of the cistercian life. Aelred's deep knowledge of Scripture, his joy in his brethren, and his love of Christ shine from every page. Because the divine nature is love, as the [...]

Aelred of Rievaulx possessed a personal charm which drew friends and disciples naturally to him. His own experience of human weakness in a worldly life at the court of King David of Scotland made him sensitive to the doctrine of charity which he found among cistercian monks.The Mirror of Charity gives us a solid theology of the cistercian life. Aelred's deep knowledge of Scripture, his joy in his brethren, and his love of Christ shine from every page. Because the divine nature is love, as the Bible tells us, directing our love to God-love conforms us to the image of God that has been lost through sin. al love, to Aelred, is a participation in God-love that leads us to union.The Mirror of Charity, written at the beginning of his monastic life, and Spiritual Friendship, written near its end, form a set. Together they demonstrate both the consistency of his teaching and his unswerving love of God in Christ. [less]

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Aelred of Rievaulx: Spiritual Friendship (Cistercian Studies series)

2010    144 Pages    (Cistercian Publications)

DDC: 241.676    LCC: BX2349

Spiritual Friendship is today the best known and perhaps most influential of the thirteen surviving works of Aelred, abbot of the great English Cistercian abbey of Rievaulx from 1147 '1167. During his abbacy he built Rievaulx into a place of spiritual welcome and physical prosperity, desiring to make it a mother of mercy" to those in need. In a three-book Ciceronian dialogue Aelred defines human friendship as sacramental, beginning in creation, as God sought to place his own love of [...]

Spiritual Friendship is today the best known and perhaps most influential of the thirteen surviving works of Aelred, abbot of the great English Cistercian abbey of Rievaulx from 1147 '1167. During his abbacy he built Rievaulx into a place of spiritual welcome and physical prosperity, desiring to make it a mother of mercy" to those in need. In a three-book Ciceronian dialogue Aelred defines human friendship as sacramental, beginning in creation, as God sought to place his own love of society in al his creatures, linking friends to Christ in this life and culminating in friendship with God in beatitude. This fresh new translation makes the work crisply readable, allowing the intellectual and Christian insight of this great Cistercian teacher and writer to speak clearly to today's seekers of love, wisdom, and truth.Lawrence C. Braceland, was professor of classics and dean at Ignatius College, Guelph (Canada), until in 1963 becoming professor of classics and dean of arts and sciences at St. Paul's College, the University of Manitoba. After his retirement in 1-978, he devoted himself to Cistercian scholarship, publishing numerous articles and translating in four volumes al the works of the English Cistercian abbot Gilbert of Hoyland.Marshal. Dutton, professor of medieval literature and director of graduate studies in English at Ohio University, is along time student of the works of Aelred of Rievaulx and of other twelfth-century Cistercian writers. She is associate editor of Cistercian Studies Quarterly. In addition to her many articles on Cistercian thought, Dutton has written the introduction to Vita Aelredi (CF 57) and edited Aelred's The Historical Works and Lives of the Northern Saints (CF 56, 71) as well as preparing a critical edition of Aelred's Pastoral Prayer (CF 73). She was one of the editors of Truth as Gift: Studies in Cistercian History Honoring John R. Sommerfeldt (CS 204)." [less]

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Alfred the Great: Asser's Life of King Alfred & Other Contemporary Sources

Anonymous

1984    368 Pages    (Penguin Classics)

DDC: 942.01640924    LCC: DA153

Asser's Life of King Alfred, written in 893, is a revealing account of one of the greatest of medieval kings. Composed by a monk of St David's in Wales who became Bishop of Sherborne in Alfred's service and worked with him in his efforts to revive religion and learning in his kingdom, this life is among the earliest surviving royal biographies. It is an admiring account of King Alfred's life, written in absorbing detail - chronicling his battles against Viking invaders and his struggle to [...]

Asser's Life of King Alfred, written in 893, is a revealing account of one of the greatest of medieval kings. Composed by a monk of St David's in Wales who became Bishop of Sherborne in Alfred's service and worked with him in his efforts to revive religion and learning in his kingdom, this life is among the earliest surviving royal biographies. It is an admiring account of King Alfred's life, written in absorbing detail - chronicling his battles against Viking invaders and his struggle to increase the strength and knowledge of his people, and to unite his people at a time of conflict, uncertainty and war. [less]

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Alice in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll

2011    256 Pages    (Arcturus Publishing)

DDC: 823.8    LCC: PR4611

A beautiful copy of Dodgson's famous story. More often known by his pseudonymn, "Lewis Carroll," Dodgson was an Anglican Deacon who did not move onto Anglican "ordination." He was also a poet, mathematician, and logician by trade. This story is wonderful for children's imagination and equally wonderful for teaching adults that some propositions are such non-sense that they can be neither true nor false.

A beautiful copy of Dodgson's famous story. More often known by his pseudonymn, "Lewis Carroll," Dodgson was an Anglican Deacon who did not move onto Anglican "ordination." He was also a poet, mathematician, and logician by trade. This story is wonderful for children's imagination and equally wonderful for teaching adults that some propositions are such non-sense that they can be neither true nor false. [less]

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Anglo-Saxon Poetry

1954    355 Pages    (Dutton Adult)

DDC: 829.108    LCC: PR1508

This is a collection of poetry that reflects the early attempt to synthesize Anglo-Saxon elements of culture to Christianity, especially the Heroic and Vengeance Codes, the seemingly inexhaustible ability for English to produce puns and turns of phrase, and the imaginative "retellings" of classical Biblical tales like Genesis, Exodus, and Doomsday through the Anglo-Saxon Warrior lense. Fun, creative, and a dive into our historical patrimony.

This is a collection of poetry that reflects the early attempt to synthesize Anglo-Saxon elements of culture to Christianity, especially the Heroic and Vengeance Codes, the seemingly inexhaustible ability for English to produce puns and turns of phrase, and the imaginative "retellings" of classical Biblical tales like Genesis, Exodus, and Doomsday through the Anglo-Saxon Warrior lense. Fun, creative, and a dive into our historical patrimony. [less]

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Annotated Alice: The Definitive Edition, The

Lewis Carroll

1999    384 Pages    (W. W. Norton & Company)

DDC: 823.8    LCC: PR4611

The culmination of a lifetime of scholarship, The Annotated Alice is a landmark event in the rich history of Lewis Carroll and cause to celebrate the remarkable career of Martin Gardner.For over half a century, Martin Gardner has established himself as one of the world's leading authorities on Lewis Carroll. His Annotated Alice, first published in 1960, has over half a million copies in print around the world and is highly sought after by families and scholars alike for it was Gardner who first [...]

The culmination of a lifetime of scholarship, The Annotated Alice is a landmark event in the rich history of Lewis Carroll and cause to celebrate the remarkable career of Martin Gardner.For over half a century, Martin Gardner has established himself as one of the world's leading authorities on Lewis Carroll. His Annotated Alice, first published in 1960, has over half a million copies in print around the world and is highly sought after by families and scholars alike for it was Gardner who first decoded the wordplay and the many mathematical riddles that lie embedded in Carroll's two classic stories: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Forty years after this groundbreaking publication, Norton is proud to publish the Definitive Edition of The Annotated Alice, a work that combines the notes of Gardner's 1960 edition with his 1990 update, More Annotated Alice, as well as additional new discoveries and updates drawn from Gardner's encyclopedic knowledge of the texts. Illustrated with John Tenniel's classic and beloved art along with many recently discovered Tenniel pencil sketches. The Annotated Alice is Gardner's most beautiful and enduring tribute to Carroll's masterpieces yet. The redoubtable Gardner has been called by Douglas Hofstadter "one of the great intellects produced in this country in this century." With The Annotated Alice: The Definitive Edition, we have this remarkable scholar's crowning achievement. Color, two-tone, and black-and-white photos and illustrations throughout [less]

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Anselm of Canterbury: The Major Works

St. Anselm

2008    544 Pages    (Oxford University Press, USA)

DDC: 189.4    LCC: B765.A82

Although utterly convinced of the truth of Christianity, Anselm of Canterbury struggled to make sense of his religion. He considered the doctrines of faith an invitation to question, to think, and to learn; and he devoted his life to confronting and understanding the most elusive aspects of Christianity. His writings on matters such as free will, the nature of truth, and the existence of God make Anselm one of the greatest theologians and philosophers in history, and this translation provides [...]

Although utterly convinced of the truth of Christianity, Anselm of Canterbury struggled to make sense of his religion. He considered the doctrines of faith an invitation to question, to think, and to learn; and he devoted his life to confronting and understanding the most elusive aspects of Christianity. His writings on matters such as free will, the nature of truth, and the existence of God make Anselm one of the greatest theologians and philosophers in history, and this translation provides readers with their first opportunity to read his most important works within a single volume.About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more. [less]

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Apologia pro Vita Sua (A Defense of My Life)

John Newman

1995    608 Pages    (Penguin Classics)

DDC: 282.0924    LCC: BX4705.N5

John Henry Newman (1801-90) described writing this account of his religious development as 'one of the most terrible trials that I have had'. Having inspired and led the Oxford or Tractarian Movement before he abandoned Anglicanism for the Church of Rome, Newman regularly found himself the target of virulent anti-Catholic prejudice in Victorian England. The Apologia was his autobiographical response to a public attack by the novelist Charles Kingsley on his personal integrity. With it he not [...]

John Henry Newman (1801-90) described writing this account of his religious development as 'one of the most terrible trials that I have had'. Having inspired and led the Oxford or Tractarian Movement before he abandoned Anglicanism for the Church of Rome, Newman regularly found himself the target of virulent anti-Catholic prejudice in Victorian England. The Apologia was his autobiographical response to a public attack by the novelist Charles Kingsley on his personal integrity. With it he not only convinced a suspicious public of the sincerity of his beliefs, but he also produced a literary masterpiece which has often been compared with St Augustine's Confessions. The Apologia, which ends with a brilliant defence of Catholicism, was a turning-point in English cultural history, successfully challenging the dominant tradition of 'no Popery'. For Newman personally the work was a 'mental child-bearing' as he recounted the dramatic story of a conversion which rocked the Church of England to its foundations and which was to have profound consequences for the Roman Catholic Church. [less]

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Autobiography of a Hunted Priest

John Gerard

2012    395 Pages    (Ignatius Press)

DDC: 282.092    LCC: BX4705.G418

Foreword by James V. Schall, S.J.Truth is stranger than fiction. And nowhere in literature is it so apparent as in this classic work, The Autobiography of a Hunted Priest. This autobiography of a Jesuit priest in Elizabethan England is a most remarkable document and John Gerard, its author, a most remarkable priest in a time when to be a Catholic in England courted imprisonment and torture; to be a priest was treason by act of Parliament.Smuggled into England after his ordination and dumped on a [...]

Foreword by James V. Schall, S.J.Truth is stranger than fiction. And nowhere in literature is it so apparent as in this classic work, The Autobiography of a Hunted Priest. This autobiography of a Jesuit priest in Elizabethan England is a most remarkable document and John Gerard, its author, a most remarkable priest in a time when to be a Catholic in England courted imprisonment and torture; to be a priest was treason by act of Parliament.Smuggled into England after his ordination and dumped on a Norfolk beach at night, Fr. Gerard disguised himself as a country gentleman and traveled about the country saying Mass, preaching and ministering to the faithful in secret always in constant danger. The houses in which he found shelter were frequently raided by "priest hunters"; priest-holes, hide-outs and hair-breadth escapes were part of his daily life. He was finally caught and imprisoned, and later removed to the infamous Tower of London where he was brutally tortured.The stirring account of his escape, by means of a rope thrown across the moat, is a daring and magnificent climax to a true story which, for sheer narrative power and interest, far exceeds any fiction. Here is an accurate and compelling picture of England when Catholics were denied their freedom to worship and endured vicious persecution and often martyrdom.But more than the story of a single priest, The Autobiography of a Hunted Priest epitomizes the constant struggle of all human beings through the ages to maintain their freedom. It is a book of courage and of conviction whose message is most timely for our age. [less]

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Barchester Towers (Oxford World's Classics)

Anthony Trollope

1998    388 Pages    (Oxford University Press)

DDC: 823.8    LCC: PR5684

"Barchester Towers", Trollope's most popular novel, is the second of the six "Chronicles of Barsetshire." "The Chronicles" follow the intrigues of ambition and love in the cathedral town of Barchester. Trollope was of course interested in the Church, that pillar of Victorian society - in its susceptibility to corruption, hypocrisy, and blinkered conservatism - but the Barsetshire novels are no more 'ecclesiastical' than his Palliser novels are 'political'. It is the behaviour of the individuals [...]

"Barchester Towers", Trollope's most popular novel, is the second of the six "Chronicles of Barsetshire." "The Chronicles" follow the intrigues of ambition and love in the cathedral town of Barchester. Trollope was of course interested in the Church, that pillar of Victorian society - in its susceptibility to corruption, hypocrisy, and blinkered conservatism - but the Barsetshire novels are no more 'ecclesiastical' than his Palliser novels are 'political'. It is the behaviour of the individuals within a power structure that interests him. In this novel, Trollope continues the story of Mr Harding and his daughter Eleanor, adding to his cast of characters that oily symbol of progress Mr Slope, the hen-pecked Dr Proudie, and the amiable and breezy Stanhope family. The central questions of this moral comedy - who will be warden? Who will be dean? Who will marry Eleanor? - are skilfully handled with that subtlety of ironic observation that has won Trollope such a wide and appreciative readership. [less]

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Beowulf

1992    64 Pages    (Dover Publications)

DDC: 829    LCC: PR1583.G6

Finest heroic poem in Old English celebrates character and exploits of Beowulf, a young nobleman of the Geats, a people of southern Sweden. Narrative combines mythical elements, Christian and pagan sensibilities, actual historical figures and events to create a striking work of great power and beauty. Genealogies. Sarcophagi of Christians have been found with scenes from Scriptures and Beowulf together. Beowulf may have been their Tolkien or C.S. Lewis.

Finest heroic poem in Old English celebrates character and exploits of Beowulf, a young nobleman of the Geats, a people of southern Sweden. Narrative combines mythical elements, Christian and pagan sensibilities, actual historical figures and events to create a striking work of great power and beauty. Genealogies. Sarcophagi of Christians have been found with scenes from Scriptures and Beowulf together. Beowulf may have been their Tolkien or C.S. Lewis. [less]

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Black Mischief

Evelyn Waugh

2002    320 Pages    (Back Bay Books)

DDC: 823.912    LCC: PR6045.A97

Black Mischief, " Waugh's third novel, helped to establish his reputation as a master satirist. Set on the fictional African island of Azania, the novel chronicles the efforts of Emperor Seth, assisted by the Englishman Basil Seal, to modernize his kingdom. Profound hilarity ensues from the issuance of homemade currency, the staging of a "Birth Control Gala, " the rightful ruler's demise at his own rather long and tiring coronation ceremonies, and a good deal more [...]

Black Mischief, " Waugh's third novel, helped to establish his reputation as a master satirist. Set on the fictional African island of Azania, the novel chronicles the efforts of Emperor Seth, assisted by the Englishman Basil Seal, to modernize his kingdom. Profound hilarity ensues from the issuance of homemade currency, the staging of a "Birth Control Gala, " the rightful ruler's demise at his own rather long and tiring coronation ceremonies, and a good deal more mischief. [less]

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Book of Common Prayer 1979

2008    1056 Pages    (Oxford University Press, USA)

1979 Book of Common Prayer (TEC) features Rite I language that the OCSP mostly uses as well as Canticles in the Rite II Morning Prayer that OCSP also uses. This was the text used by many Episcopalians to pray with before becoming Catholic and inheriting the OCSP's hopefully soon to come Liturgy of Hours entitled The Daily Office.

1979 Book of Common Prayer (TEC) features Rite I language that the OCSP mostly uses as well as Canticles in the Rite II Morning Prayer that OCSP also uses. This was the text used by many Episcopalians to pray with before becoming Catholic and inheriting the OCSP's hopefully soon to come Liturgy of Hours entitled The Daily Office. [less]

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Brambly Hedge Complete Collection, The

Jill Barklem

2018    248 Pages    (HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks)

DDC: 823.914   

Celebrate the world of Brambly Hedge with this exquisite slipcased volume containing all eight well-loved, classic picture books plus a special introduction from the author.The mice of Brambly Hedge made their first appearance in 1980 when the four seasonal stories were published. Ever since, readers have loved exploring the miniature world of the hedgerow and meeting the families that live there.In this collection the mice have many adventures, but they always have time for fun and relaxation [...]

Celebrate the world of Brambly Hedge with this exquisite slipcased volume containing all eight well-loved, classic picture books plus a special introduction from the author.The mice of Brambly Hedge made their first appearance in 1980 when the four seasonal stories were published. Ever since, readers have loved exploring the miniature world of the hedgerow and meeting the families that live there.In this collection the mice have many adventures, but they always have time for fun and relaxation too. Whatever the season, and whether they are by the sea, in the High Hills, or simply at home by the fire, there is always someone ready to lend a helping hand.Contains 8 complete stories: Spring Story, Summer Story, Autumn Story, Winter Story, Poppy’s Babies, Sea Story, The High Hills, The Secret Staircase [less]

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Canterbury Tales

Geoffrey Chaucer

421 Pages    (Bantam Classics)

DDC: 821.1    LCC: PR1870.A1

The Canterbury Tales is a collection of stories written in Middle English by Geoffrey Chaucer at the end of the 14th century. The tales (mostly written in verse although some are in prose) are presented as part of a story-telling contest by a group of pilgrims as they travel together on a journey from Southwark to the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. The prize for this contest is a free meal at the Tabard Inn at Southwark on their return.After a long list of works written [...]

The Canterbury Tales is a collection of stories written in Middle English by Geoffrey Chaucer at the end of the 14th century. The tales (mostly written in verse although some are in prose) are presented as part of a story-telling contest by a group of pilgrims as they travel together on a journey from Southwark to the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. The prize for this contest is a free meal at the Tabard Inn at Southwark on their return.After a long list of works written earlier in his career, including Troilus and Criseyde, House of Fame, and Parliament of Fowls, the Canterbury Tales was Chaucer's magnum opus. He uses the tales and the descriptions of its characters to paint an ironic and critical portrait of English society at the time, and particularly of the Church. Structurally, the collection resembles The Decameron, which Chaucer may have read during his first diplomatic mission to Italy in 1372. [less]

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Canterbury Tales, The

Geoffrey Chaucer

2003    528 Pages    (Penguin Classics)

DDC: 821.1    LCC: PR1870.A1

With their astonishing diversity of tone and subject matter, The Canterbury Tales have become one of the touchstones of medieval literature. Translated here into modern English, these tales of a motley crowd of pilgrims drawn from all walks of lifeâ

With their astonishing diversity of tone and subject matter, The Canterbury Tales have become one of the touchstones of medieval literature. Translated here into modern English, these tales of a motley crowd of pilgrims drawn from all walks of lifeâ [less]

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Catechism of the Catholic Church, Gift Edition

U.S. Catholic Church

1995    825 Pages    (Galilee Trade)

DDC: 238.2    LCC: BX1959.3.E5

The official Catechism of The Catholic Church and the official Catechism of OCSP. Whereas many countries make their own variation of the Catechism, the OCSP uses the original done in English. Four centuries in the making, a monumental undertaking and a magnificent achievement, the first definitive Catholic Catechism since the Council of Trent in 1566 details the doctrine, dogma, and the basic tenets of the Church. [...]

The official Catechism of The Catholic Church and the official Catechism of OCSP. Whereas many countries make their own variation of the Catechism, the OCSP uses the original done in English.

Four centuries in the making, a monumental undertaking and a magnificent achievement, the first definitive Catholic Catechism since the Council of Trent in 1566 details the doctrine, dogma, and the basic tenets of the Church. [less]

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Catherine, the Queen

Mary M. Luke

1967    (Putnam Pub Group)

A biography of Catherine of Aragon, first wife to Henry VIII. With 28 illustrations in b/w . 8vo pp. 510 Rilegato tela, sovracoperta (cloth, dust jacket) Molto Buono (Very Good)

A biography of Catherine of Aragon, first wife to Henry VIII. With 28 illustrations in b/w . 8vo pp. 510 Rilegato tela, sovracoperta (cloth, dust jacket) Molto Buono (Very Good) [less]

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Chaucers Major Poetry

Albert C Baugh

1963    616 Pages    (Appleton, Crofts Century)

DDC: 821.17    LCC: PR1851

Critiques of all Chaucer's poetry (except the Romaunt of the Rose, the fragmentary Anelida and Arcite, and a few of the short lyrics). The original text; authors wrote as it would have sounded since the English language wouldn't be standardized (by the KJV) for some time, e.g. "kepe to X and avoid the sevyn" rather than "keep to ten and avoid the seven."

Critiques of all Chaucer's poetry (except the Romaunt of the Rose, the fragmentary Anelida and Arcite, and a few of the short lyrics). The original text; authors wrote as it would have sounded since the English language wouldn't be standardized (by the KJV) for some time, e.g. "kepe to X and avoid the sevyn" rather than "keep to ten and avoid the seven." [less]

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Children of Hurin, The

J.R.R. Tolkien

2007    313 Pages    (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

DDC: 823.912    LCC: PR6039.O32

The 'Great Tale' of The Children of HÚrin, set during the legendary time before The Lord of the Rings. Morgoth, the first Dark Lord, dwells in the vast fortress of Angband in the North; and within the shadow of the fear of Angband, and the war waged by Morgoth against the Elves, the fates of TÚrin and his sister NiËnor will be tragically entwined. Their brief and passionate lives are dominated by the elemental hatred that Morgoth bears them as the children of H& [...]

The 'Great Tale' of The Children of HÚrin, set during the legendary time before The Lord of the Rings. Morgoth, the first Dark Lord, dwells in the vast fortress of Angband in the North; and within the shadow of the fear of Angband, and the war waged by Morgoth against the Elves, the fates of TÚrin and his sister NiËnor will be tragically entwined. Their brief and passionate lives are dominated by the elemental hatred that Morgoth bears them as the children of HÚrin, the man who dared to defy him to his face. Against them Morgoth sends his most formidable servant, Glaurung, a powerful spirit in the form of a huge wingless dragon of fire. Sardonic and mocking, Glaurung manipulates the fates of TÚrin and NiËnor by lies of diabolic cunning and guile, in an attempt to fulfil the curse of Morgoth. [less]

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Christian Proficiency:

Martin Thornton

2010    216 Pages    (Wipf & Stock Pub)

DDC: 230.3    LCC: BV4501.2

Books are rarely written for Christians "proficient" in spirituality--those who are neither beginners nor advanced in their lives of prayer. Finally back in print, Christian Proficiency is a valuable handbook to those laypersons that have reached that point in their development where they need guidance and direction to make further progress in their spiritual proficiency. Martin Thornton offers articulate insights on: Developing a discipline of spirituality, a Rule of life as a framework for [...]

Books are rarely written for Christians "proficient" in spirituality--those who are neither beginners nor advanced in their lives of prayer. Finally back in print, Christian Proficiency is a valuable handbook to those laypersons that have reached that point in their development where they need guidance and direction to make further progress in their spiritual proficiency. Martin Thornton offers articulate insights on: Developing a discipline of spirituality, a Rule of life as a framework for prayer Choosing a confessor The pitfalls of aridity, distraction, and the problem of being over-scrupulous The "mechanics" of prayer Essential terms in spirituality (see the Glossary in the back of the book) The crucial importance of spiritual direction Making retreats [less]

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Christianity and Culture

T. S. Eliot

1977    216 Pages    (Mariner Books)

DDC: 261    LCC: BT738

Two long essays: “The Idea of a Christian Society” on the direction of religious thought toward criticism of political and economic systems; and “Notes towards the Definition of Culture” on culture, its meaning, and the dangers threatening the legacy of the Western world.

Two long essays: “The Idea of a Christian Society” on the direction of religious thought toward criticism of political and economic systems; and “Notes towards the Definition of Culture” on culture, its meaning, and the dangers threatening the legacy of the Western world. [less]

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Christmas Carol, The Chimes & The Cricket on the Hearth (Barnes & Noble Classics), A

Charles Dickens

2004    304 Pages    (Barnes & Noble Classics)

DDC: 823.8    LCC: PR4571.A1

Generations of readers have been enchanted by Dickens’s A Christmas Carolthe most cheerful ghost story ever written, and the unforgettable tale of Ebenezer Scrooge’s moral regeneration. Written in just a few weeks, A Christmas Carol famously recounts the plight of Bob Cratchit, whose family finds joy even in poverty, and the transformation of his miserly boss Scrooge as he is visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future.From Scrooge’s Bah!” and Humbug!” to Tiny Tim’s [...]

Generations of readers have been enchanted by Dickens’s A Christmas Carolthe most cheerful ghost story ever written, and the unforgettable tale of Ebenezer Scrooge’s moral regeneration. Written in just a few weeks, A Christmas Carol famously recounts the plight of Bob Cratchit, whose family finds joy even in poverty, and the transformation of his miserly boss Scrooge as he is visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future.From Scrooge’s Bah!” and Humbug!” to Tiny Tim’s God bless us every one!” A Christmas Carol shines with warmth, decency, kindness, humility, and the value of the holidays. But beneath its sentimental surface, A Christmas Carol offers another of Dickens’s sharply critical portraits of a brutal society, and an inspiring celebration of the possibility of spiritual, psychological, and social change.This new volume collects Dickens’s three most renowned Christmas Books,” [wrote a story each Christmas] including The Chimes, a New Year’s tale, and The Cricket on the Hearth, whose eponymous creature remains silent during sorrow and chirps amid happiness.Katharine Kroeber Wiley, the daughter of a scholar and a sculptor, has a degree in English Literature from Occidental College. Her work has appeared in Boundary Two and the recent book, Lore of the Dolphin. She is currently working on a book on Victorian Christmas writings. [less]

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Complete Book of the Flower Fairies, The

Cicely Mary Barker

1997    192 Pages    (Warne)

DDC: 821.912    LCC: PR6003.A6786

In 1923, when Cicely Mary Barker created the first of the Flower Fairies books, Flower Fairies of the Spring, this unassuming artist could have had little idea of the immense popularity that the Flower Fairies series would enjoy. Now, more than twenty years after her death, Barker

In 1923, when Cicely Mary Barker created the first of the Flower Fairies books, Flower Fairies of the Spring, this unassuming artist could have had little idea of the immense popularity that the Flower Fairies series would enjoy. Now, more than twenty years after her death, Barker [less]

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Complete English Poems, The

John Donne

1977    688 Pages    (Penguin Classics)

DDC: 821.3    LCC: PR2245.A5

'The first poet in the world in some things', is how John Donne was described by his contemporary Ben Jonson. Yet it is only this century that Donne has been indisputably established as a great poet—and even, many feel, the greatest love poet of them all. Jonson went on to remark that 'That Donne, for not keeping of an accent, deserved hanging', yet Donne's rhythms, once thought 'unmusical' are now recognized as the natural rhythms of the speaking voice; his 'eccentricity' as a complex self- [...]

'The first poet in the world in some things', is how John Donne was described by his contemporary Ben Jonson. Yet it is only this century that Donne has been indisputably established as a great poet—and even, many feel, the greatest love poet of them all. Jonson went on to remark that 'That Donne, for not keeping of an accent, deserved hanging', yet Donne's rhythms, once thought 'unmusical' are now recognized as the natural rhythms of the speaking voice; his 'eccentricity' as a complex self-doubt; his 'obscurity' the reflection of a brilliantly learned and allusive mind. Poets such as Eliot and Empson have found Donne's poetry profoundly attuned to our modern age, while Yeats' glowing comment will always be true: 'the intricacy and subtlety of his imagination are the length and depth of the furrow made by his passion.' This volume, superbly edited by Professor Smith, is the first complete edition to make a serious attempt to guide the reader closely through the complexities of Donne's poetry. Considerable attention has been paid to the text, and a selection of the important manuscript variants are included. This edition is also the first to make use of the newly discovered manuscript of the verse letter to Lady Carey and Mistress Essex Rich. [less]

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Complete Poems and Plays: 1909-1950, The

T. S. Eliot

392 Pages    (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

DDC: 821.912    LCC: PS3509.L43

This omnibus collection includes all of the author’s early poetry as well as the Four Quartets, Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, and the plays Murder in the Cathedral, The Family Reunion, and The Cocktail Party.

This omnibus collection includes all of the author’s early poetry as well as the Four Quartets, Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, and the plays Murder in the Cathedral, The Family Reunion, and The Cocktail Party. [less]

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Complete Poems and Translations, The

Christopher Marlowe

1980    288 Pages    (Penguin Classics)

DDC: 821.3    LCC: PR2661

The essential lyric works of the great Elizabethan playwright newly revised and updated. Christopher Marlowe was also an accomplished and celebrated poet. This long-awaited updated and revised edition of his poems and translations contains his complete lyric works. From his translations of Ovidian elegies to his most famous poem, The Passionate Shepherd to His Love, to the impressive epic mythological poem, Hero, and Leander.

The essential lyric works of the great Elizabethan playwright newly revised and updated. Christopher Marlowe was also an accomplished and celebrated poet. This long-awaited updated and revised edition of his poems and translations contains his complete lyric works. From his translations of Ovidian elegies to his most famous poem, The Passionate Shepherd to His Love, to the impressive epic mythological poem, Hero, and Leander. [less]

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Confederacy of Dunces, A

John Kennedy Toole

405 Pages    (Grove Weidenfeld)

DDC: 813.54    LCC: PS3570.O54

A Confederacy of Dunces is an American comic masterpiece. John Kennedy Toole’s hero is one Ignatius J. Reilly, “huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, and a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French Quarter. His story bursts with wholly original character, denizens of New Orleans’ lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures” (Henry Kisor, Chicago Sun Times)

A Confederacy of Dunces is an American comic masterpiece. John Kennedy Toole’s hero is one Ignatius J. Reilly, “huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, and a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French Quarter. His story bursts with wholly original character, denizens of New Orleans’ lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures” (Henry Kisor, Chicago Sun Times) [less]

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Confession of Saint Patrick and Letter to Coroticus, The

John Skinner

1998    112 Pages    (Image)

DDC: 270.2092    LCC: BR1720.P26

A Briton who left home to evangelize The Irish. The autobiography of one of the most popular saints in history, now available in a new translation. Beyond being recognized as the Apostle to Ireland (perhaps for having chased some nonexistent snakes off the Emerald Isle), little else is popularly known about Saint Patrick.  And yet, Patrick left behind a unique document, his Confession, which tells us much about both his life and his beliefs.  This autobiography, originally written in the [...]

A Briton who left home to evangelize The Irish. The autobiography of one of the most popular saints in history, now available in a new translation. Beyond being recognized as the Apostle to Ireland (perhaps for having chased some nonexistent snakes off the Emerald Isle), little else is popularly known about Saint Patrick.  And yet, Patrick left behind a unique document, his Confession, which tells us much about both his life and his beliefs.  This autobiography, originally written in the fifth century, and short by modern standards, is nonetheless a work that fascinates with its glimpse into the life of an intriguing man, and inspires with its testament of faith.  Here, in this new edition from internationally acclaimed translator John Skinner, the character of Patrick, his era, and his world vividly come to life.  Also included in this volume is the only other document known to have been written by Patrick, a letter he wrote to the soldiers of Coroticus--also Christians--who had raided parts of Ireland and taken away prisoners who were then sold into slavery.  This letter is a wonderful demonstration of Patrick's rhetorical fire.  Quite irate, Patrick harangues his fellow Christians, and the results are every bit as autobiographically revealing as the Confession.  John O'Donohue, author of Anam Cara, provides an insightful foreword that re-creates the unique spirituality of Patrick and of the Irish people, and shows how it applies to our lives today. [less]

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Confessions of a Convert: The Classic Spiritual Autobiography from the Author of "Lord of the World"

Robert Hugh Benson

2016    128 Pages    (Christian Classics)

DDC: 248.242092    LCC: BX4705.B3

Mentioned by Pope Francis as a writer that everyone should read, Robert Hugh Benson, author of Lord of the World, shares his spiritual journey from being an Anglican and son of the archbishop of Canterbury to becoming a Roman Catholic priest. Through his humble, honest, and memorable story, Benson invites us--in this republished classic--to think about what it means to wrestle with the deep questions of our Catholic faith while rejoicing in the power of their universal truths.In 1907, The Ave [...]

Mentioned by Pope Francis as a writer that everyone should read, Robert Hugh Benson, author of Lord of the World, shares his spiritual journey from being an Anglican and son of the archbishop of Canterbury to becoming a Roman Catholic priest. Through his humble, honest, and memorable story, Benson invites us--in this republished classic--to think about what it means to wrestle with the deep questions of our Catholic faith while rejoicing in the power of their universal truths.In 1907, The Ave Maria magazine invited well-known English novelist Robert Hugh Benson to share his conversion story. He began the first of eight installments with a statement that captures the perils and joys faced by converts as they attempt to "cross the Tiber." "When one stands at last upon high ground, it is extraordinarily difficult to trace the road by which one has approached: it winds, rises, falls, broadens and narrows until the mind is bewildered."Benson weaves those challenges into the narrative as he examines his own life for the signs and wonders that illuminated his way. He was astonished at how the remote God of his Anglican upbringing drew close to him, igniting a fire in his to heart and a desire to know God on a deeper level. This transformation led him to the doorstep of the Catholic Church. Reluctant to venture further because he was known as an important figure in the Anglican world, Benson grappled with the sacrifices he would make, including the loss of his vocation, family, and friends. After the death of his father, Benson finally embraced the nearness of God found in the Eucharist. He shows us that coming closer to Christ and his Church is not always neat and tidy. Benson's humor and humility help bridge the century-long gap between his time and ours and he teaches us to embrace the questions, struggles, and falterings of our faith in a way that's full of God's love. [less]

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CTS Divine Worship Sunday Missal

Ordinariates Established by Anglicanorum Coetibus

2018    1000 Pages    (Catholic Truth Society)

DDC: 264.023   

CTS presents the first people's Sunday Missal combining the Revised Standard Version (2nd Catholic Edition) lectionary approved for use in the Personal Ordinariates established under the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus and the texts of the Mass from the Divine Worship Missal.This Missal beautifully presents all the essentials needed by the laity in the Mass: the Order of Mass alongside propers for Sundays and Holy Days (Year A, B, & C) including Advent and Christmas, Lent, Holy [...]

CTS presents the first people's Sunday Missal combining the Revised Standard Version (2nd Catholic Edition) lectionary approved for use in the Personal Ordinariates established under the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus and the texts of the Mass from the Divine Worship Missal.This Missal beautifully presents all the essentials needed by the laity in the Mass: the Order of Mass alongside propers for Sundays and Holy Days (Year A, B, & C) including Advent and Christmas, Lent, Holy Week and Easter, ember and rogation days. Music is included for the people's responses and a table of Correspondence of Named Sundays to Ordinary Time for every year until 2050.Durably and attractively bound with three placeholder ribbons, the Divine Worship People's Missal features clear layouts, beautiful artwork and easy to read fonts.Font size: 9pt [less]

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Divine Intimacy

of St. Mary Magdalene Gabriel

2008    1216 Pages    (Fastprint Publishing)

DDC: 242.3    LCC: BX2170.C55

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Divine Worship: Ordinariate Study Missal

Ordinariates Established by Anglicanorum Coetibus

2018    1086 Pages    (Catholic Truth Society)

DDC: 253   

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