Two Lives of Saint Colette: With a Selection of Letters by, to, and about Colette (The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe: The Toronto Series #94) (Paperback)

Two Lives of Saint Colette: With a Selection of Letters by, to, and about Colette (The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe: The Toronto Series #94) By Pierre De Vaux, Sister Perrine De Baume, Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski (Editor), Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski (Translated by) Cover Image
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Two accounts of the life of Saint Colette of Corbie.

Saint Colette of Corbie (1381–1447) was a French reformer of the Franciscan Order and the founder of seventeen convents. Though of humble origin, she attracted the support of powerful patrons and important Church officials. The two biographies translated here were authored by Pierre de Vaux, her confessor and mentor, and Perrine de Baume, a nun who for decades was Colette’s companion and confidant. Both accounts offer fascinating portraits of the saint as a pious ascetic assailed by demons and performing miracles, as well as in her role as skillful administrator and caring mother of her nuns. This is the first English translation of two biographies in Middle French of the most important female figures of the Middle Ages. 
 

About the Author


Pierre de Vaux was a Franciscan friar. He was the companion and confessor of Saint Colette of Corbie, as well as her biographer. 

Sister Perrine de Baume was a Colettine Poor Clare. Her memoirs serve as a testimony to the life of Saint Colette of Corbie

Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski is Distinguished Professor of French at the University of Pittsburgh. Her many publications include The Selected Writings of Christine de Pizan (1997), Reading Myth: Classical Mythology and Its Interpretations in Medieval French Literature (1997), Poets, Saints, and Visionaries of the Great Schism, 1378–1417 (2006), and The Strange Case of Ermine de Reims: A Medieval Woman between Demons and Saints (2015). With Bruce L. Venarde she published Two Women of the Great Schism in the present series (2010).
 

Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski is Distinguished Professor of French at the University of Pittsburgh. Her many publications include The Selected Writings of Christine de Pizan (1997), Reading Myth: Classical Mythology and Its Interpretations in Medieval French Literature (1997), Poets, Saints, and Visionaries of the Great Schism, 1378–1417 (2006), and The Strange Case of Ermine de Reims: A Medieval Woman between Demons and Saints (2015). With Bruce L. Venarde she published Two Women of the Great Schism in the present series (2010).
 

Praise For…


“Saint Colette of Corbie is one of the most important reformers of the late-medieval and early modern period, one of the most influential of all pre-modern European women in terms of institutional impact, and a fascinating French figure in the era of the Hundred Years War. She has never quite received her historiographic due, very likely because her two French ‘lives’—the second of the two authored by a woman—have not been available in English translation, while even the French edition is difficult to access. Blumenfeld-Kosinski, one of America’s great medievalists and leading specialists in medieval French, is just the right scholar to make these compelling lives of Saint Colette available to a contemporary audience.”
— Sean L. Field, Professor of History, University of Vermont

Winner
— SSEMWG 2022 Award for a Scholarly Edition in Translation
Product Details
ISBN: 9781649590664
ISBN-10: 1649590660
Publisher: Iter Press
Publication Date: June 10th, 2022
Pages: 308
Series: The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe: The Toronto Series