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The Life of Augustine of Hippo

Part Three: The Pelagian Crisis (411–430)

Edited By Frederick Van Fleteren

The seventeenth century was the century of Saint Augustine. In 1695, Louis Sébastien, Le Nain de Tillemont, finished volume 13 of his Mémoires ecclésiastique, entitled La vie de saint Augustin. The volume consisted of approximately 1200 pages wherein Louis Sébastien gathered from the works of Augustine and elsewhere all extant passages relevant to the biography of Augustine of Hippo. Completed in 1695, the biography was published posthumously in 1700. The work lies in the tradition of Jansenism from Port-Royal and the Leuven. Though an ascetic recluse on the family estate for the last twenty years of his life, he was in touch with important French scholars and the ecclesiastical movements of his time. Louis’ work is the first modern biography of Augustine and the most comprehensive of all Augustinian biographies, even today. Modern authors consult him and frequently adopt his theories without citation. His method exercises influence on contemporary Parisian scholarship on Augustine. This English translation has been divided into three volumes covering three time periods: part 1: birth to episcopal consecration (354–396); part 2: the Donatist controversy (396–411); part 3: the Pelagian controversy (411–430).
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Advance praise for The Life of Augustine of Hippo

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The Life of Augustine of Hippo

“Sébastien, Le Nain de Tillement (1637–1698) is one of the most interesting figures within the history of Jansenism. During his lifetime, he was constantly in contact with important people belonging to the movement of Port-Royal. He was in contact with P. Nicole, M. de Sacy, Th. du Fossé, and ‘le grand’ A. Arnauld. Among the many valuable historical works he published, a central place is given to his Mémoires pour servir à l’histoire ecclésiastique, an impressive series of particular studies, still a necessary reference work for contemporary historians. Among the many valuable studies, his life of Augustine is undoubtedly one of the most important. In this work, the author does not hide his Jansenist feelings, but at the same time shows that he is a first-class historian, writing in a simple but clear style, revealing a thorough knowledge of Augustine and his thought. Finally, this classic on the life of Augustine has received an English translation. One sincerely hopes that through this translation the work of a fascinating historian can become subject of research in the Anglo-Saxon world.”

Mathijs Lamberegts, Professor of Theology, Catholic Faculty of Theology, University of Leuven, Belgium

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