The ‘spiritually beneficial tales’ of Byzantine Christianity grew
out of the desert Apophthegmata. Written at a time, and at a social level,
not remarkable for its literary output, the spontaneous and often naive tales
shamelessly despoil the common treasure-house of the tradition while creating
a new genre of spiritual admonition. Here readers enter the spiritual world
of Paul, 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.
Softbound. 225 pp.