Louis de Wohl Another of the popular historical novels by the distinguished de Wohl, telling the dramatic story of St. Benedict, the father of Western monasticism, who played such a major role in the Christianization and civilization of post-Roman Europe in the sixth century. De Wohl weaves an intricate tapestry of love, violence and piety to recount with historical accuraLouis de Wohl Another of the popular historical novels by the distinguished de Wohl, telling the dramatic story of St. Benedict, the father of Western monasticism, who played such a major role in the Christianization and civilization of post-Roman Europe in the sixth century. De Wohl weaves an intricate tapestry of love, violence and piety to recount with historical accuracy the story of St. Benedict and the tempestuous era in which he lived. Since there are no contemporary biographies of this major saint of history and the Church, de Wohl's inspired account is of significant importance on the subject of saint's lives for today's spiritual seekers. Having lived in an era of great immorality and vice, not unlike our world today, Benedict's story has a strong message for modern Christians who seek, as he did, to turn away from the wickedness of the world to find Christ in prayer, study and solitude....
|Title||:||Citadel of God: A Novel about Saint Benedict|
|Number of Pages||:||345 Pages|
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Citadel of God: A Novel about Saint Benedict Reviews
Now i know why 16 Popes have taken the name, Benedict!
Not ad good as I expected. Too little focus on St. Benedict. Hardly about him at all.
This was one of those books which Louis de Wohl devoted more to the history of the times than to the saint who was the subject of the book. I normally don't mind that because I understand that those quieter saints (Thomas Aquinas for example) don't have a lot that one can weave into a storyline a lot of the time. However I was a bit miffed because we don't see much of Benedict until the second half of the book and I wanted to see more about his establishment of his first monasteries. Also, in this particular time period the historical bit was fairly Byzantine (ha! joke intended!) and at some point I simply didn't care any more, especially since the main characters we followed (Peter and Rusticiana) were about as unlikable as one can get. I still got something out of it to ponder, notably Benedict's complete trust in God and that all things work to good for those who do his will. Even when they are seemingly bad. However, that isn't enough to make me love this book.
"The fact that I want a thing, does not make that thing either better or worse. What God wants must be good. To do what he wants is duty and sacrifice only when I don't want to do it, but when I do, it's joy. In fact, there is no greater joy. There can't be. When the day comes for you to decide about your aim in life, ask yourself first whether it can be want God wants, and if the answer is an honest yes, go and do it and you will be happy, whatever comes." (page 89)"A saint was a lover; he was in love with God. A true lover was happiest when talking to the beloved, and next to that, when he could talk about the beloved. Whatever he did, said, or thought would always encompass the beloved or be encompassed by the beloved. Lesser men were like the moon, reflecting the divine fire as light, but the lover, the saint, was like the sun, lit up by the divine fire, burning and yet not consumed." (page 309)
I have have loved the other books I've read by Louis de Wohl, but this one I didn't. It was much more about what was going on in Rome during the time St. Benedict lived than about St. Benedict's life. The book was well-written as usual for Louis de Wohl. It just didn't appeal to me as much as his others.
Not my favourite of De Wohl's but he gives an excellent depiction of the various political and religious conflicts/climate of the time of St Benedict and how he and his order was and is a much needed breath of fresh air. It is also great for the gems of wisdom by both Benedict and Boethius interspersed throughout the book.
This book was great. I thought that it would be a direct story about St. Benedict, but instead most of it wasn't about the saint. This is the first book by De Whol that I have read, and though the level was a little difficult, I enjoyed the challenge and the great writing.
Great account of the lives of Boethius and Benedict. Looking at Wikipedia afterward, I saw that Boethius and Benedict were born about the same time, and that Boethius is a Christian martyr. De Wohl has a knack for making history vivid with contemporary implications.
Very well written book about St Benedict and Boethius. Sets the period extremely well
A gdje je sv. Benedikt u ovoj knjizi?!?!?!