The Monk

The Monk Set in the sinister monastery of the Capuchins in Madrid The Monk is a violent tale of ambition murder and incest The great struggle between maintaining monastic vows and fulfilling personal ambiti

  • Title: The Monk
  • Author: Matthew Lewis Hugh Thomas
  • ISBN: 9780375759161
  • Page: 484
  • Format: Paperback
  • Set in the sinister monastery of the Capuchins in Madrid, The Monk is a violent tale of ambition, murder, and incest The great 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 hisSet in the sinister monastery of the Capuchins in Madrid, The Monk is a violent tale of ambition, murder, and incest The great 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 The only edition of this key gothic novel available, The Monk now offers a new introduction and notes that make it especially accessible to the modern reader

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    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.


  • When I was younger, I avoided this book because the literary snob in me--a much more 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 more. [...]

  • ”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 ha [...]

  • LOSING MY RELIGION Αυτό το "γοτθικό" κλασικό βιβλίο με οδήγησε στην Ισπανία του μεσαίωνα σε ένα κλίμα δεισιδαιμονίας θρησκευτικής αποχαύνωσης και διαστροφής. Τοποθετημένο σε ένα μεσαιωνικό μοναστήρι με έναν χαρισματικά και αγγελικά διεστραμμένο καλόγερο που μαγεύει τα πλήθη, αρχ [...]

  • 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 ever [...]

  • 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.

  • ‘’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’ nov [...]

  • 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, more 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 ectoplas [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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, more so than most Gothic classics. But [...]

  • Readathon 2017 22/26: Ένα βιβλίο που εκδόθηκε πριν το 1850Πραγματικά ακόμα και τώρα, 1,5 μέρα μετά, δεν ξέρω τι και πως θα το κρίνω.Σίγουρα αυτά που θα πω θα είναι πολύ λίγα και φτωχά με σχέση τα αισθήματα που μου έβγαλε αυτό το βιβλίο.Ο Matthew Lewis σε αυτό το αριστούργημα (διότι για αυτό πρόκει [...]

  • “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 [...]

  • 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, i [...]

  • Προκλητικό, ιερόσυλο και βλάσφημο για την εποχή του βιβλίο (το αγαπώ), το οποίο γράφτηκε το 1796. Παρόλα αυτά, ο Καλόγερος καταφέρνει μέχρι και σήμερα να προκαλεί ανατριχίλες ή ακόμα και να σοκάρει τις μικρότερες ηλικίες αναγνωστών. Στις σελίδες του παρελαύνουν οι πάντες και τ [...]

  • 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 t [...]

  • Εν έτει 1796, ένας συγγραφέας τολμάει να γράφει ευθαρσώς και επωνύμως για τα φαιδρά της Ρωμαιοκαθολικής (και όχι μόνο) Εκκλησίας, ενός σαθρού οικοδομήματος γεμάτο φαύλους καλόγερους, μοχθηρούς Ιεροεξεταστές, μνησίκακες μοναχές, ανθρώπους που μπροστά στα πάθη τους δε διστάζο [...]

  • Στα τέλη του 18ου αιώνα, κάποιος 19χρονος έγραψε ένα μακροσκελές μαγικό ξόρκι με σκοπό να καθηλώσει και να ακινητοποιήσει τον οποιοδήποτε αναγνώστη. Ο 19χρονος είναι ο Matthew Lewis και το μακροσκελές μαγικό ξόρκι που ακινητοποιεί και κρατάει το βλέμμα καρφωμένο στις σελίδες του ε [...]

  • 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 more 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 more f [...]

  • Монахът може да има вечността, но избира да има всичко сега: knigolandiafo/book-review/mСлед “Дракула” на Брам Стокър, която от миналата година се радва на постоянен читателски интерес (а около Хелоуин имаше и страхотен пик), видях колко смисъл има да се правят класически романи в досто [...]

  • LA OBRA QUE ATERRO A LOVECRAFT, HA LLEGADO A MIS LECTURAS DE ESTE AÑO:Me encanta terminar libros de terror en la madrugada, ayudan a darle atmósfera a la novela gótica. ¿Para qué leer el monje?1. Por que es un referente idóneo de la novela gótica de terror, ya que nos plasma las costumbres y pensamientos de la sociedad en la edad media. Donde la religión, las supersticiones y los castigos inhumanos eran el pan de cada día. 2. En la trama no sólo encontramos pactos con el demonio y rito [...]

  • 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 more backstory on them. There were a couple of very disturbing scenes (one rape scene in particular was just haunting). This is a must read fo [...]

  • 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 more. Be it because of age, wisdom, life knocking me around a bit more, 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 awarene [...]

  • 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. [...]

  • 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 du [...]

  • Διαβάζεται σαν παραμύθι, αλλά παραμύθι γεμάτο από θρησκευτικό φανατισμό, μαύρη μαγεία, διαστροφή, ανθρώπινα πάθη και αέναη πάλη του καλού με το κακό. Σε σοκάρει και σε μαγεύει ταυτόχρονα, σε κάνει να εκπλήσεσαι γιατί είναι το πρώτο έργο ενός 19άχρονου γραμμένο το μακρινό 1796. [...]

  • 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.

  • 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 more 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 perf [...]

  • 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 more artfully written. ---- If you like that sort of writing, go read this book. It's got lots and lots of pages of it.

  • 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 :)

  • Γραμμένο πριν 220 χρόνια περίπου από έναν 20χρονο!Με συνάρπασε! Σκοτεινό και υποβλητικό, σε μεταφέρει σε υγρά δωμάτια και μουχλιασμένες ρωγμές για να σου συστήσει τους ήρωες του που παραδέρνουν σε μια συνεχή μάχη με το Κακό αλλά με τον εαυτό τους. Δεν ανήκει στα βιβλία που τα δ [...]

  • 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 more fun with was Voltaire's Candide.

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