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Sandra Visser and Thomas Williams

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195309386

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195309386.001.0001

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Anselm's Life and Works

Introduction (p.3)

Sandra Visser

Thomas Williams

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents an outline of Anselm's life and career, emphasizing those aspects of his history that are helpful for interpreting Anselm's works. Anselm was born in 1033 in Aosta, a Burgundian town on the frontier with Lombardy. Anselm was a bright and likeable boy. He left home in 1056. In 1059, he arrived at the Abbey of Bec in Normandy. In 1060, Anselm decided to become a monk at Bec. His work, the Monologion, was written to prove a wide range of conclusions about God. The Proslogion was a direct outgrowth of the Monologion In 1080–86, he composed three dialogues: On Truth, On Freedom of Choice, and On the Fall of the Devil. After becoming archbishop, he began work on Cur Deus Homo. On the Tuesday of Holy Week, April 21, 1109, Anselm died peacefully, surrounded by the monks of Canterbury.

Keywords:   Vita Anselmi, Lafranc, Monologion, Proslogion, Bec, Canterbury

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