Jeffrey's Story: The Autobiography of Paul J. Meyvaert (Executive Emeritus of the Medieval Academy of America)

ACMRS Occasional Publications Series, Vol. 2

Jeffrey's Story: The Autobiography of Paul J. Meyvaert (Executive Emeritus of the Medieval Academy of America)

By Paul J. Meyvaert
2005 | 128 pp. | 978-0-86698-336-5 | Paperback 6 x 9 in
$12.95 |

Jeffrey’s Story is the autobiography of Jeffrey Meyvaert, a former monk who became an esteemed historian and director of the Medieval Academy of America, the most prestigious organization for medieval studies in the world. This is the story of how he went from being a pious child denied the right to know his sailor father and raised by a fervently religious single mother to his position in academia. Along the way, he was nurtured by Carmelite nuns, and cloistered for twenty-five years in a Benedictine monastery. This is indeed a fascinating, and sometimes heart-breaking, narrative that recounts many dramatic episodes in the scholar’s life, among them the death of his mother when he was in his teens, a brief reunion with his father, meeting and falling in love with a Harvard graduate student and finally entering academia at Duke University.

Viewed as a whole, Jeffrey’s Story is not just the account of a former monk or a still thriving scholar, but a very personal search for autonomy and freedom that speaks to every human being.