Introduced by V. E. Watts
Preface by Brian Keenan
Boethius’ incredible presence of mind enabled him to produce this work of genius while he awaited execution on a false charge of treason. For many years the most popular book in Europe next to the Bible, its relevance endures.
For over 1,000 years, The Consolation of Philosophy was the most popular book in Europe next to the Bible — a work of learning and beauty that bridged the Classical and Renaissance worlds. Boethius was consul to the Gothic Emperor Theodoric, but lost everything when the Emperor arbitrarily convicted him of treason. He wrote his book of quiet genius while awaiting execution, presenting it as a dialogue between himself and the incarnation of philosophy. Showing the misplaced values of humankind, philosophy proves to be Boethius’ spiritual salvation. The contemporary relevance of his message is underlined in a preface by Brian Keenan, who was held hostage in Beirut for four and a half years. This edition is illustrated with illuminations by Jean Colombe from a 15th-century French manuscript.
‘A golden volume not unworthy of the leisure of Plato’
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