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English Mystics of the Middle Ages

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  • Date Published: January 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521339582

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  • This edition brings together for the first time key texts representing the writings of the medieval English mystics. The texts are newly edited from manuscripts, and are supplemented with notes and a glossary. The book focuses on five major authors, Richard Rolle, Walter Hilton, the anonymous author of The Cloud of Unknowing, Dame Julian of Norwich, and Margery Kempe; extracts from contemporary translations are also included to illustrate the reception of European mystical texts in later medieval England.

    • A collection of otherwise hard-to-find texts, with critical apparatus
    • Presentation of work of original and influential group of English writers
    • Valuable contribution to general work in the area of medieval, literary and religious studies
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Barry Windeatt's fine anthology of late Middle English mystical writings exemplifies in an almost startling manner what might be designated the central dilemma of modern spiritual scholarship." Christianity and Literature

    "The texts are newly edited from the manuscripts and are supplemented with texual and explanatory notes and a glossary, making available some of the best work of the English mystics." Manuscripta

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521339582
    • length: 324 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Editorial note
    Introductory essay
    Part I. Richard Rolle (c.1300–1349):
    1. The Fire of Love
    2. The Mendynge of Lyfe
    3. Ego Dormio
    4. The Commandment
    5. The Form of Living
    Part II. Anonymous:
    6. The Cloud of Unknowing
    7. The Book of Privy Counselling
    8. Mystical Prayer
    Part III. Walter Hilton (d. 1396):
    9. Epistle on the Mixed Life
    10. Of Angels' Song
    11. Eight Chapters on Perfection
    12. The Scale of Perfection, Book I
    13. The Scale of Perfection, Book II
    14. Qui Habitat
    15. The Prickynge of Love
    Part IV. Julian of Norwich (1342–after 1416):
    16. Revelations of Divine Love (shorter version)
    17. Revelations of Divine Love (longer version)
    Part V. Margery Kempe (c.1373–c.1440):
    18. The Book of Margery Kempe
    Part VI. Anonymous English Translators:
    19. The Mirrour of Simple Soules
    20. A Ladder of Foure Ronges by the which Men Mowe Wele Clyme to Heven
    21. The Doctrine of the Hert
    22. The Chastising of God's Children
    23. The Treatise of Perfection of the Sons of God
    Part VII. Richard Methley (1451/2–1527/8):
    24. To Hew Heremyte: A Pystyl of Solytary Lyfe Nowadayes
    Guide to further reading

  • Editor

    Barry Windeatt, Emmanuel College, Cambridge

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