The Monk

The Monk The Monk was so highly popular that it seemed to create an epoch in our literature Sir Walter ScottSet in the sinister monastery of the Capuchins in Madrid The Monk is a violent tale of ambition mur

The Monk was so highly popular that it seemed to create an epoch in our literature Sir Walter ScottSet in the sinister monastery of the Capuchins in Madrid, The Monk is a violent tale of ambition, murder, and incest The struggle between maintaining monastic vows and fulfilling personal ambitions leads its main character, the monk Ambrosio, to temptation and the breakingThe Monk was so highly popular that it seemed to create an epoch in our literature Sir Walter ScottSet in the sinister monastery of the Capuchins in Madrid, The Monk is a violent tale of ambition, murder, and incest The struggle between maintaining monastic vows and fulfilling personal ambitions leads its main character, the monk Ambrosio, to temptation and the breaking of his vows, then to sexual obsession and rape, and finally to murder in order to conceal his guilt.Inspired by German horror romanticism and he work of Ann Radcliffe, Lewis produced his masterpiece at the age of 19 It contains many typical Gothic elements seduction in a monastery, lustful monks, evil abbesses, bandits an beautiful heroines But Lewis also played with convention, ranging from gruesome realism to social comedy, and even parodied the genre in which he was writing.This Edition Includes Introduction Textual note BibliographyChronology Explanatory notesCover illustration detail from Portrait of an Ecclesiastic c.1480, anonymous artist.

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  1. Matthew Gregory Lewis was an English novelist and dramatist, often referred to as Monk Lewis, because of the success of his classic Gothic novel, The Monk.Matthew Gregory Lewis was the firstborn child of Matthew and Frances Maria Sewell Lewis His father, Matthew Lewis was the son of William Lewis and Jane Gregory He was born in Jamaica in 1750 He attended Westminster School before proceeding to Christ Church, Oxford where he received his bachelor s degree in 1769 and his master s in 1772 That same year, he was appointed as the Chief Clerk in the War Office The following year, Lewis married Frances Maria Sewell, a young woman who was very popular at court She was the third daughter born to Sir Thomas Sewell and was one of eight children born in his first marriage Her family, like Lewis , had connections with Jamaica As a child, she spent her time in Ottershaw In December 1775, in addition to his post as the Chief Clerk in the War Office, Lewis became the Deputy Secretary at War With one exception, he was the first to hold both positions at that same time and earning both incomes Lewis owned considerable property in Jamaica, within four miles of Savanna la Mer, or Savanna la Mar, which was hit by a devastating earthquake and hurricane in 1779 His son would later inherit this property.In addition to Matthew Gregory Lewis, Matthew and Frances had three other children Maria, Barrington, and Sophia Elizabeth On 23 July 1781, when Matthew was six and his youngest sister was one and a half years old, Frances left her husband, taking the music master, Samuel Harrison, as her lover During their estrangement, Frances lived under a different name, Langley, in order to hide her location from her husband He still, however, knew her whereabouts On 3 July 1782, Frances gave birth to a child That same day, hearing of the birth, her estranged husband returned Afterwards, he began to arrange a legal separation from his wife After formally accusing his wife of adultery through the Consistory Court of the Bishop of London on 27 February 1783, he petitioned the House of Lords for permission to bring about a bill of divorce However, as these bills were rarely granted, it was rejected when brought to voting Consequently, Matthew and Frances remained married until his death in 1812 Frances, though withdrawing from society and temporarily moving to France, was always supported financially by her husband and then later, her son She later returned to London and then finally finished her days at Leatherhead, rejoining society and even becoming a lady in waiting to the Princess of Wales Frances and her son remained quite close, with her taking on the responsibility of helping him with his literary career She even became a published author, much to her son s dislike.Matthew Gregory Lewis began his education at a preparatory school under Reverend Dr John Fountain, Dean of York at Maryleborne Seminary, a friend of both the Lewis and Sewell families Here, Lewis learned Latin, Greek, French, writing, arithmetic, drawing, dancing, and fencing Throughout the school day, he and his classmates were only permitted to converse in French Like many of his classmates, Lewis used the Maryleborne Seminary as a stepping stone, proceeding from there to the Westminster School, like his father, at age eight Here, he acted in the Town Boys Play as Falconbridge in King John and then My Lord Duke in High Life Below Stairs Later, again like his father, he began studying at Christ Church, Oxford on 27 April 1790 at the age of fifteen He graduated with a bachelor s degree in 1794 He later earned a master s degree from the same school in 1797.

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  1. When I was younger, I avoided this book because the literary snob in me a much insistent voice back then than now had decided, on the basis of informed opinion, that The Monk was a calculated exercise in sensationalism, a device for producing horrific thrills through the deliberate, exploitative use of cheap effects and anti Catholic stereotypes Now that I have read it, I see that the literary snob in me had a point The Monk is all of these things But it is also .I think the young Matthew Lewis [...]

  2. Lucifer stood before him a second time He borrowed the Seraph s form to deceive Ambrosio He appeared in all that ugliness, which since his fall from heaven had been his portion His blasted limbs still bore marks of the Almighty s thunder A swarthy darkness spread itself over his gigantic form His hands and feet were armed with long Talons Fury glared in his eyes, which might have struck the bravest heart with terror Over his huge shoulders waved two enormous sable wings and his hair was supplied [...]

  3. LOSING MY RELIGION , , , , , , .

  4. This is such a great fun book to read It s really not like anything else at all, it s so extreme in every way It was written in the era of the great classics, but this one is never going to be taught in schools.The book out Gothics all the Gothic novels you ever read, Jane Austen s Northanger Abbey isn t even related to the raw perversion and criminality of this madcap horror ride through the forbidden where taboos fall one by one as the The Monk, unable to live up to his vows gives in to every [...]

  5. Click here to watch a video review of this book on my BookTube channel, From Beginning to Bookend Scandalous and scintillating, The Monk is a literary marvel.

  6. I must have your soul must have it mine, and mine forever This is one of the pioneers of Gothic Fiction, a work that defined one of the most fascinating, demanding and controversial genres A novel written in the end of the 18th century that shocked the reading audience of its time with its last, darkness and violence But what about the contemporary readers Well, a few hundred years later and The Monk still continues to attract us My first experience with Lewis novel took place during my studies, [...]

  7. Calling all Gothic Novel fans you have to read The Monk this is the Texas Chainsaw Massacre of Gothic novels which will unjade the most jaded Here you will find much fun to be had with nuns, priests with uncontrollable underwear, nuns, pregnant nuns, nuns with minimal clothing, nuns giving birth in frankly unsanitory conditions attended only by untrained inappropriate monks, heaving bosoms, unspeakable acts, souls in the process of being damned for all eternity, mostly ghostly ectoplasm, also b [...]

  8. Ambrosio, the abbot, is the perfect monk, head of an abbey in Madrid, and the idol of the city, a young, handsome, charismatic man, with a spellbinding voice, that thrills the congregation at his church All the people flock to it, to hear his sermons, five minutes after the bells ring, the church is overflowing, and the noble families are there, silently the assembly listens, a living saint, they witness, the proud people are ecstatic, in this modern age the 1700 s , God has sent them Ambrosio T [...]

  9. Does character redemption exist in Lewis s world No, I think not The vile protagonist degrades himself on every level Here s a list to show how messed up he is 1 He lusts after his sister 2 He becomes obsessed.3 He tries to rape his sister.4 He goes insane 5 He tries to kill his sister.6 He yields his soul to Satan.7 The end He s just a little bit too creepy he s a complete sex pest with stalker like tendencies This is incredibly Gothic, so than most Gothic classics But, is that necessarily a g [...]

  10. What live to plunge myself in infamy to become an agent of hell to work the destruction in both you and myself Alright, this book is hilarious However, there are a few spoilers in this review If you think you ll read The Monk someday and you should, seriously , maybe come back to this another time Or don t, who knows, maybe it won t be so bad Maybe this is the best, most spoiler free review you ll ever read in your life see, I m tempting you, because it s the theme of the book I m serious though [...]

  11. This was going to be part of my themed Halloween 2017 Reads, but I overestimated my reading speed or lack thereof and here we are in December Just as well I suppose as The Monk A Romance took me 48 days to read, mostly as an audiobook I was listening to in the bus on my two hours commutes to work Ah, but those were vastly amusing bus journeys thanks to this outrageously fun, unintentionally silly book.The Monk is often described as a gothic novel, which is not inaccurate but to my mind, it is a [...]

  12. I think Wilkie Collins has spoiled me when it comes to this type of Victorian Gothic Thriller because it s so hard to match his writing and storytelling skills That being said, I ll add that The Monk was a fun read While it s clearly an attack on organized religion the Catholic church in particular a close reading makes it also clear that Lewis found a significant difference between organized religion and a personal relationship with a Supreme Being While he provides several interesting twists, [...]

  13. O Father Ambrosio, stop Monking around This book was quite a surprise Yes, there are all sorts of hypocritical Monk y debauchery and lustful, euphemism filled scenes But there are also two romantic subplots that filled with action, swashbuckling heroes, damsels in distress and deceit All three stories end up intertwining in unexpected ways.Did people in olden times have prosopagnosia, or what Why was it so damn easy to disguise yourself I had all sorts of naughty fun reading even filthiness be [...]

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  15. LA OBRA QUE ATERRO A LOVECRAFT, HA LLEGADO A MIS LECTURAS DE ESTE A O Me encanta terminar libros de terror en la madrugada, ayudan a darle atm sfera a la novela g tica Para qu leer el monje 1 Por que es un referente id neo de la novela g tica de terror, ya que nos plasma las costumbres y pensamientos de la sociedad en la edad media Donde la religi n, las supersticiones y los castigos inhumanos eran el pan de cada d a 2 En la trama no s lo encontramos pactos con el demonio y ritos de brujas, sino [...]

  16. This book has long been on my TBR but I really didn t know that much about it I have to say I was completely hooked from the beginning Yes, the language is dated and there are parts that are a bit tedious I think better editing would have done wonders There were some really good twists at the end that while I thought they were great I would have liked backstory on them There were a couple of very disturbing scenes one rape scene in particular was just haunting This is a must read for gothic lit [...]

  17. Now that I ve finished this fabulous piece, I remember I read it several years ago However, this time around I enjoyed it so much Be it because of age, wisdom, life knocking me around a bit , don t know the reason why only that I absolutely couldn t shut up talking about it with my husband all night last night.For being only 19 when he wrote it and during the particular time period, he was very astute at the cultural swing that was occuring at the time There is even a note of awareness regardin [...]

  18. 3.5 starsDreams, magic terrors, spells of mighty power, Witches, and ghosts who rove at midnight hour.I read this for the Classic Horror Halloween Bingo square.It s said this was written by a 19 20 yr old and within 10 weeks, which if true, is amazing The format of having a main character, Ambrosio the monk , and then having secondary characters branch off from him and tangentially going astray and telling their stories, only to have them all come together in the end, was extremely compelling I [...]

  19. This novel is all about Christian, specifically Catholic, sexual hysteria Sex seems to determine everyone s motivation in the first volume This makes sense when you consider that it was written by a nineteen year old for whom these obsessions were no doubt a daily occurence Fortunately for us, he has managed to sublimate them into the form of a novel Which puts me in mind of E.M Forster, who, when touched on the ass by an admirer at a tender age, promptly went home and wrote Maurice A duenna and [...]

  20. I loved the language of this one It had a deliciously creepy old school vibe to it Probably on the account that is was originally penned in 1796 Truly a classic and holds up remarkably well.

  21. OMGGGGGGG I totally CANNOT believe that the author of this book was 19 YEARS OLD when he wrote this, and he wrote it under 10 WEEKS This is a masterpiece A 18TH CENTURY GOTHIC GODDAMN MASTERPIECE Seriously high school kids would have loved the hell out of this and seek to read classics were they not confined to snoring tomes like idk, A scarlet letter Sorry, Hawthorne I have never gotten used to you The Monk retells the stories of a monk who abandons his virtues to become perfidious So engulfed [...]

  22. Rendered nearly senseless by the impact of reading words so breathlessly written, she nonetheless persisted in reviewing a book whose attractions she could not have resisted, had her mind not been steeled by the remembrance of a 1000 other works artfully written If you like that sort of writing, go read this book It s got lots and lots of pages of it.

  23. The granddaddy of all gothic novels Hugely over the top but oh, such fun bandits and dungeons and ghosts, impoverished beauties and degenerate monks and wicked nuns, mysterious orphans and ancient castles and the summoning of demons, lost loves and lost souls and lost virtue, this book has it all I think my favorite bits were Matilda s logical arguments in favor of sin suspiciously clever yet quite convincing

  24. Finally, some fun in the Enlightenment The Monk is a blast, a page turner, chock full of insane plot twists and sinning It can t be accused of being terribly well written, so you know that old debate between eloquence and plot If you tip heavily toward eloquence, you might not like this as much But for me, clawing my way out of a pit of Oh So Literary books starved for plot s just what I needed The only 18th century book that I had fun with was Voltaire s Candide.

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