Exile, The Abbey of Saint-Victor at Paris and Hugh of Saint-Victor

  • Grover A. Zinn
Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)


To take up the topic of exile is to enter into a linguistic and experiential field heavily laden with emotion. Exile as a concept evokes a deep sense of loss, even abandonment; a sense of being removed from things essential to the ordering and meaning of one’s own self and community; a sense, perhaps, of loneliness—even loneliness in the midst of abundance. The loss associated with exile comes clothed in many forms: loss of homeland; severing from family and friends; the fate, for some the choice, of becoming a wanderer, never at rest, always moving; a deeply felt state of alienation; and finally, despair at the inability to return to the place or state from which one has departed or has been forcibly removed. These qualities surely evoke only a fraction of the affects engendered by the presence, factual or symbolic, of the status of exile.


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