Eladia Gomez-Posthill’s new translation of Book One of Marcelino Menendez Pelayos’ History of the Heterodox Spanish, already available in hardback, is shortly to be issued also in paperback. It will be available in late April for US$15 and 12.95 gbp in the UK. (Cover image below: soon to be available from the Saint Austin Press website. Details to follow.)
The Catholic writer hailed as the greatest prose stylist in post Golden Age Spain – and a church historian to more than rival Henri Daniel-Rops, Regine Pernoud, Jack Scarisbrick, Eamon Duffy and other greats of recent ‘revisionist’ scholarship – has never had his magnum opus on the trials of the Faith in Spain made available to the English-speaking world.
Now, over a century after its first publication in Spanish, Saint Austin Press is delighted to introduce English-speaking scholars to this astonishingly comprehensive history of Christian Spain, from the point of view of the numerous different challenges faced by orthodoxy from Roman times until the modern age.
The first volume traces Spanish heterodoxy until the Middle Ages. Books Two and Three (in preparation) will bring the history up to the dawn of the Reformation.
Every page of Menéndez y Pelayo’s writings reveals a wealth of strong common sense, clear perception, and a vein of wonderful and ever varying erudition.
Thoroughly Catholic in spirit, he found his greatest delight, he declared, in devoting all his work to the glory of God and the exaltation of the name of Jesus.
The publication of this work has been made possible by the generous assistance of the Spanish Ministry for Culture.