The Wife of Pilate and Other Stories

Gertrud von le Fort


The Wife of Pilate and Other Stories

The Wife of Pilate and Other Stories

  • Title: The Wife of Pilate and Other Stories
  • Author: Gertrud von le Fort
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  • Page: 218
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These three novellas from the acclaimed German writer Gertrud von le Fort, newly translated for the first time into English for this volume, are from her later works of historical fiction, in which she displays her mastery as a dramatist of ideas The Wife of Pilate imagines the slow, arduous transformation of an aristocratic woman, who is mentioned in the New Testament, fThese three novellas from the acclaimed German writer Gertrud von le Fort, newly translated for the first time into English for this volume, are from her later works of historical fiction, in which she displays her mastery as a dramatist of ideas The Wife of Pilate imagines the slow, arduous transformation of an aristocratic woman, who is mentioned in the New Testament, from a pagan into a Christian saint, as she is now honored in the Byzantine Church Plus Ultra takes us into the high politics of early 16th century Europe, and into the soul of a lonely young lady at court who knows she has attracted the intoxicating but dangerous attention of the Emperor Charles V himself At the Gate of Heaven takes the clash between astronomical discoveries and the Roman Inquisition trial of Galileo as the backdrop for harrowing reflections about man s place in the cosmos In these novellas von le Fort vividly recreates scenes from distant places in bygone eras Even memorable are her lyrical portrayals of conflicts in the souls and minds of powerful people These are thought provoking stories by a keen observer of humanity.


Recent Comments "The Wife of Pilate and Other Stories"

This book consists of 3 novellas. (A novella is a short novel, even though the word is longer. ☺) I had to explain this to my family. Probably most people here on GRs know this already. ☺The Wife of Pilate is the first of the novellas. When you think of the crucifixion of Jesus, usually your thoughts run on as to what happened to the Christians after that polarizing, transformative event. But who wonders what happened to the man whose name gets mentioned week after week in the Nicene Creed, [...]

This edition contains three novellas, and I'm only rating the first and most well known, The Wife of Pilate. If and when I read the other two, I may re-assess the rating, but the title novella of the group was outstanding.The Wife of Pilate imagines what happens to Claudia Procula, the wife of Pontius Pilate, who in the Gospel of Matthew has a dream the night before Christ's condemnation that Jesus was a holy man and innocent and tries to persuade her husband to let Him free.von le Fort's novell [...]

I normally don't take the time to read or even review fiction. It's not that I look down on fiction. It's just that I enjoy reading non-fiction so much more. One recent Catholic fiction title caught my interest, so I decided to give it a shot. It is called The Wife of Pilate and Other Stories, and it was written by Gertrud von le Fort. Other works by her, which are also available from Ignatius Press, include The Eternal Woman and The Song at the Scaffold. The Wife of Pilate and Other Stories is [...]

Surprisingly interesting and thought-provoking. Worth the read.

Three distinct stories, very different style from most of what I'm used to.The wife of Pilate was just great! Appropriately interesting, heartbreaking, haunting, etc. The other two were definitely food for thought, and the interesting takes on unrequited love certainly make me wonder about the baroness's own life, but they were worth reading, and the somewhat strange writing style is certainly worth the patience in order to get at her unique perspectives on things. This is definitely the kind of [...]

Incisive. Relevant.

The "Wife of Pilate" story was powerful. Didn't care for the other two novellas.

This collection of short but very intense and intriguing short stories is well worth reading.


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