Prophets Abroad

Prophets Abroad

The Reception of Continental Holy Women in Late-Medieval England

Edited by Rosalynn Voaden

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D.S.Brewer

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Essays on the influence of continental holy women on their English counterparts.
Scholars have long been aware of the impact of the lives and works of Continental holy women on English spirituality; female mystics such as Margery Kempe were inspired by their predecessors abroad, whose visionary experiences and spiritual reflections were recorded and widely read. However, very little scholarly work has been done on the effect of Continental holy women on the spiritual and devotional practices of late-medieval England. The essays in this volume investigate the influence of Hildegard of Bingen, Marguerite Porete, Mechtild of Hackeborn, Bridget of Sweden and Catherine of Siena by focusing on topics including manuscript dissemination, incorporation in spiritual guides, and the translation, illumination, adaptation and alteration of their works for an English audience. Overall, they offer new evidence of the way in which Continental sensibility and spiritual reflection were altered and adapted for an identifiably English devotional practice and spirituality.
Dr ROSALYNN VOADEN teaches in the Department of English at Arizona State University. The contributors are: DENISE DESPRES, JANETTE DILLON, ROGER ELLIS, JOAN FRIEDMAN, IAN JOHNSON, KATHRYN KERBY-FULTON, ROSALYNN VOADEN, NICHOLAS WATSON, DIANE WATT.

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October 1996
1 black and white illustrations
212 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
ISBN: 9780859914253
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
D.S.Brewer
BIC DSBB
BISAC LCO003000
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Table of Contents

`Ecstatic Reading and Missionary Mysticism: the Orcherd of Syon'. - Denise L Despres
`Holy Women and their Confessors or Confessors and their Holy Women? Margery Kempe and the Continental Tradition'. - Janette Dillon
`The Visionary and the Canon Lawyers: Papal and Other Revisions to the Regula Salvatoris of St Bridget of Sweden'. - Roger Ellis
`MS. Cotton Claudius B.I.: A Middle English Edition of St Bridget of Sweden's Liber Celestis'. - Joan Isobel Friedman
`*Auctricitas? Holy Women and the Texts'. - Ian Johnson
`Hildegarde and the Male Reader: A Study in Insular Reception'. - Kathryn Kerby-Fulton
`The Prophet at Home: Elizabeth Barton and the Influence of Bridget of Sweden and Catherine of Siena'. - Rosalynn Voaden
`Melting Into God the English Way: Deification in the Middle English Version of Marguerite Porete's Mirouer des simples ames anientes'.anientes'. - Nicholas Watson
`The Prophet at Home: Elizabeth Barton and the Influence of Bridget of Sweden and Catherine of Siena'. -

Reviews

Nine particularly good essays on a particularlyu (and usefully) well-focused topic... helpful and serious contributions likely to engage all who are interested in the development of late medieval British (but also continental) spirituality... The studies provide welcome openings to the study of the reception of continental visionary and other texts, and indicate influences whose importance is only now beginning to be understood. MEDIUM AEVUM One of the best collections of the past five years... (its) strength lies in the diversity of approaches. ANGLIA

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