Agnes Blannbekin, Viennese Beguine: Life and Revelations
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192 Pages

21.6 x 13.8 cm

Series: Library of Medieval Women

Imprint: D.S.Brewer

Agnes Blannbekin, Viennese Beguine: Life and Revelations

by Ulrike Wiethaus

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Female mysticism, usually nourished in contemplative surroundings, in Blannbekin's case drew its inspiration from urban life; Weithaus identifies her visions as "street mysticism".
This early example of a spiritual diary incorporating the visions of a female mystic offers a glimpse of religious women's daily life and spiritual practices. Her visions comment on memorable events such as a popular bishop's visit to town during which people were trampled to death; the consequences of a rape committed by a priest; thefts of the Eucharist and the work of witches. Christ, for Blannbekin, is not only bridegroom, but also shopkeeper, apothecary, and axe-wielding soldier, and it was her vision of swallowing Christ's foreskin which led to her eventual censorship. Life and Revelations has only relatively recently been rediscovered by Austrian scholar Peter Dinzelbacher, and this translation is based on his critical edition.

Ulrike Wiethaus is Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Appointments, Wake Forest University.
"Scholars of women's spirituality will welcome this entrée to th etext of a lively, hitherto inaccessible author." CATHOLIC HISTORICAL REVIEW [hardback edition]

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9781843842927

March 2012

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9780859916349

March 2002

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Title Details

192 Pages

2.16 x 1.38 cm

Series: Library of Medieval Women

Imprint: D.S.Brewer