Here readers enter the spiritual world ofPaul, tenth-century bishop of Monembasia, 'a place of no particular importance'. Through his eyes we see the monastic and ecclesiastical world of ordinary tenth-century eastern Christians.">
CLEARANCE Book: The Spiritually Beneficial Tales of Paul, Bishop of Monembasia

CLEARANCE Book: The Spiritually Beneficial Tales of Paul, Bishop of Monembasia

CLEARANCE Book: The Spiritually Beneficial Tales of Paul, Bishop of Monembasia

CLEARANCE Book: The Spiritually Beneficial Tales of Paul, Bishop of Monembasia
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"The Spiritually Beneficial Tales of Paul, Bishop of Monembasia" is a charming collection of 23 separate English translations of medieval Greek short tales, all products of the Middle Byzantine Empire. Each tale is only several pages long but in that short space, each one gives a fascinating story with a strong moral lesson. Many tales relate how unsavory characters, such a robbers, proud monks, immoral priests or even a pimp are humbled and choose to change the course of their lives. Many tales are very suspenseful and tell stories of those kidnapped by pirates or wealthy widows fleeing from undesired suitors.

The translator and editor of this book, Joyhn Wortley, also provides the reader with a detailed introduction to this genre and author, and exceptional notes for each of the tales. If you are interested in tales, edifying stories, medieval literature, or simply Byzantine history, you will find this book worthwhile.

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