Anselm of Canterbury is one of the most famous of medieval Christian thinkers, who left a considerable political and intellectual inheritance of his own. This book reveals that the theological and intellectual inheritance available to Anselm was more dynamic, broader and deeper than is traditionally thought and Anselm was influenced by more than just the works of St Augustine. Giles Gasper focuses particularly on the part played by the translated works of the Greek Fathers. Demonstrating how widely the writings of the Fathers of the Church were available in western libraries, Gasper goes on to compare key aspects of doctrine in Anselm's thought with that of the notable Greek Fathers. Questioning the way in which Anselm and other authors have been described, this book moves away from well worn routes of interpretation and provides new perspectives on this most significant figure in the history of the church, the middle ages, and western thought.
'… rich and insightful… Gasper is singularly alert to that archbishop's designs and intentions, producing in consequence a study that both students and scholars will reference for years to come… engagingly concise and well-reasoned… makes a significant contribution and secures its future use as a guide to students embarking upon the study of Anselm… serious yet accessible analysis…' Heythrop Journal ’This thorough, scholarly, yet concisely and clearly-argued work will become essential reading for students of Anselm and of the thought world of the Middle Ages. It is particularly useful for contributing to the greater awareness of Greek influence on theology in the West, for deepening understandings of the library holdings and scholarly world of the time, and for presenting Anselm not just as a philosopher but as a thinking man of God.’ Parergon
Contents: Preface; Introduction; Anselm and his sources; The wandering scholar; The library at Bec; 'Faith seeking understanding'; The Christological frame; The Council of Bari; Conclusion; Appendices; Bibliography; Index.