Bonds of Secrecy

Bonds of Secrecy illuminates the relationship between human experiences of secrecy and early medieval beliefs about divine omniscience. Benjamin A. Saltzman argues that this relationship was fundamental to early English legal and monastic culture and profoundly shaped the practices of literary interpretation in the Middle Ages.

Bonds of Secrecy
Law, Spirituality, and the Literature of Concealment in Early Medieval England

Benjamin A. Saltzman

Oct 2019 | 360 pages | Cloth $79.95
Literature / Religion
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Table of Contents

A Note on References and Translations
List of Abbreviations

Introduction

PART I. LAW
Chapter 1. Political Epistemology and Crimes of Concealment in Anglo-Saxon Law
Chapter 2. The Secret Seized: Theft, Death, and Testimony

PART II. SPIRITUALITY
Chapter 3. Monastic Life and the Regulation of Secrecy
Chapter 4. Making Space for Spiritual Secrecy
Chapter 5. Seeing in Secret: Saints, Hagiography, and the Ethics of Concealment and Discovery

PART III. LITERATURE
Chapter 6. Binding Secrets, Solving Riddles
Chapter 7. Worldly Concealment, Divine Knowledge, and the Hermeneutics of Faith
Chapter 8. Reading Hidden Meaning: Between Interpretive Pride and Eschatological Humility

Afterword

Notes
Bibliography
Index
Acknowledgments