Mechthild of Magdeburg: Selections from The Flowing Light of the Godhead
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176 Pages

21.6 x 13.8 cm

Series: Library of Medieval Women

Imprint: D.S.Brewer

Mechthild of Magdeburg: Selections from The Flowing Light of the Godhead

Translated by Elizabeth A Andersen

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Selections from this widely varied original mystical treatise offer insight into the lives of C13 female religious in northern Europe.
Here is one of the great surprises of German medieval literature. Compiled between c.1250 and c.1282, it is an extraordinary piece of imaginative writing. It integrates visions, auditions, dialogues, prayers, hymns, lyrical love poems, letters, allegories and parables, and draws creatively on features from hagiography, the disputation, the treatise, and magic spells, as the author documents her relationship with God and with her contemporaries. Selectionsfrom the text are presented here in translation with introduction and notes.

Dr Elizabeth A. Andersen teaches in the School of Modern Languages, Newcastle University.
"Readers will welcome this thoughtful selection." JOURNAL OF ENGLISH & GERMANIC PHILOLOGY (hardback edition)

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9781843842972

March 2012

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Title Details

176 Pages

2.16 x 1.38 cm

Series: Library of Medieval Women

Imprint: D.S.Brewer