François Petit, O. Praem.; Translated by Victor Szczurek, O. Praem.; Edited with an Introduction by Carol Neel
François Petit's study of the spirituality of the medieval Premonstratensians (Norbertines), published in the aftermath of the Second World War, remains the definitive treatment of the early centuries of the order of canons founded by Norbert of Xanten in 1121. Petit’s attention to the texts, community life, and devotional practice of this Order of Prémontré anticipates recent scholarship in emphasizing the nexus of theology and lived religious experience. It demonstrates both the grandeur of Philip of Harvengt and Adam Scot as spiritual authors and the distinctiveness they share with others in the Norbertine tradition. This English translation renders Petit’s magisterial work, long out of print, accessible to a wide international audience. Fr. François Petit, O. Praem. (1894-1990), was a canon of Mondaye Abbey in France and also served as prior of Longpont. His numerous books, articles, and textual editions established him as the foremost twentieth-century authority on the history and spirituality of the first generations of Premonstratensians. In 1975, along with Pierre-Marie Pontrué, he founded the Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches Prémontrées.
Ambrose Criste, OPraem, and Carol Neel, Translators
The Anticimenon of Anselm of Havelberg is both the outstanding medieval work on ecumenical dialogue with the Orthodox and one of the period’s most important explorations of the theology of history. This text’s author was a bishop on Christianity’s eastern frontier and companion to Norbert of Xanten, saint-founder of the Order of Prémontré. Anselm grounded both his zeal for the union of the churches and his vision of the Holy Spirit’s role in secular events in the renewal and purification advocated by the twelfth-century reformation. The present volume, the first English translation of Anselm’s Anticimenon, sets his work in the context of the early Premonstratensian (Norbertine) thought integral to the reform movement of his time. It renders Anselm’s powerful voice audible to a modern English-speaking readership yearning, with him, for unity in the Church and understanding of the Holy Spirit’s agency in human experience. Ambrose Criste, OPraem, received his licentiate from the Gregorian University in Rome and is a member of St. Michael’s Abbey in Orange County, California. Carol Neel is professor of history at Colorado College and has published several translations and commentaries on medieval spiritual texts.