The Golden Legend: Readings on the Saints, Volume 1
Depicting the lives of the saints in an array of both factual and fictional stories, The Golden Legend was perhaps the most widely read book, after the Bible, during the late Middle Ages. In his new translation, the first in modern English of the complete text from the Graesse edition, William Granger Ryan captures the immediacy of this rich, image-filled work, and offers an important guide for readers interested in medieval art and literature and in popular religious culture more generally.
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Review: The Golden Legend: Readings on the Saints, Volume IUser Review - Nick - Goodreads
Supposedly the most widely-read book of the Middle Ages after the Bible. A quote on the back describes it as "the literary equivalent of...stained glass". Delightful and wonderfully strange. Read full review
Review: The Golden Legend: Readings on the Saints, Volume IUser Review - Gretchyn - Goodreads
A compilation of the lives of the saints, but honestly, only interesting if you are predisposed to that sort of thing. That said, I love it. Read full review