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St. Anselm of Canterbury

1033/34-1109

Monastic
Philosopher
Saint

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Italy
France
Britain: England

Generally considered one of the most significant philosophers of the Middle Ages and the founder of Scholasticism, Anselm focused on ontological proofs for the existence of God from reason alone.

When Anselm was Abbot of Bec, Normandy, the monastery became a center of learning, and theological ideas were explored and questioned there. As Archbishop of Canterbury, England, he came into conflict with King William II and King Henry I.


Important Dates

Consecrated as Archbishop: Dec. 4, 1093
Died: April 21, 1109


At About

Anselm of Canterbury
This multi-page article from the 1911 Encyclopedia includes a look at Anselm's philosophical works.


On the Web

Anselm on the Web


In Print

The links below will take you to a site where you can compare prices at booksellers across the web. More in-depth info about the book may be found by clicking on to the book's page at one of the online merchants.

Anselm: The Joy of Faith
(Crossroad Spiritual Legacy Series)
by William H. Shannon

Logic and Other Nonsense: The Case of Anselm and His God
by Ermanno Bencivenga

New Approaches to God: Based on Proofs by Anselm, Aquinas, and Kant
by Jules M. Brady


Related Resources

Hagiography
Indices, primary sources, and general sites focusing on the study of Saints' lives.

Philosophy & Theology
A multi-page index of philosophical and theological theories and the individuals who contributed them, from the early Middle Ages to the early Modern Age.

Medieval Britain
Sites that focus on general British medieval history, people, places, events, documents, the Norman Conquest, the Wars of the Roses, and the search for a historical King Arthur.

Medieval France
General history, people, places, maps and more about France in the Middle Ages.

Medieval Italy
Sites that focus on the people and places of Italy during the middle ages and Renaissance.

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