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The Sin of Sloth

Acedia in Medieval Thought and Literature

By Siegfried Wenzel

282 pp., 6 x 9

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-3683-5
    Published: June 2012
  • eBook ISBN: 978-0-8078-3684-2
    Published: October 2017

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Wenzel presents the history of the concept of acedia, of spiritual sloth," from its origins among the Egyptian desert monks through the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. The investigation proceeds in chronological order and pays close attention to the different emphases and changes the concept underwent.

Originally published in 1967.

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