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Mysticism and Spirituality in Medieval England - William F. Pollard

Mysticism and Spirituality in Medieval England

By: William F. Pollard (Editor), Robert Boenig (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 7th August 1997
ISBN: 9780859915168
Number Of Pages: 272

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Without the theologians of the eleventh and twelfth centuries, without the anchoritic writings of the thirteenth century, Richard Rolle, Julian of Norwich, Walter Hilton, Margery Kempe could not have written as they did. Likewise, those who followed them - the Wycliffites, the Bridgeittines, the writers of religious lyrics -responded to those who had gone before. The articles presented here identify major themes and the web of influence that links them; new but solid interpretations are offered of the key figures and their background, and the emphasis is on the rich variety of mysticism these authors and texts embody.WILLIAM F. POLLARD is Professor of English at Huntingdon College; ROBERT BOENIGis Associate Professor of English at Texas A & M University. Contributors: THOMAS H. BESTUL, ROBERT BOENIG, RITAMARY BRADLEY, SUSAN DICKMAN, DOUGLAS GRAY, ROGER ELLIS, MICHAEL P. KUCZYNSKI, WILLIAM F. POLLARD, DENIS RENEVEY, ELLEN M. ROSS, ANNE SAVAGE, RENE TIXIER.

List of Illustrations
Antecedents: The Anselmian and Cistercian Contributionsp. 1
Pseudo-Dionysius and the Via towards Englandp. 21
Enclosed Desires: A Study of the Wooing Groupp. 39
The Solitary Heroine: Aspects of Meditation and Mysticism in Ancrene Wisse, the Katherine Group, and the Wooing Groupp. 63
Richard Rolle and the "Eye of the Heart"p. 85
"[Thorn]is louely blinde werk": Contemplation in The Cloud of Unknowing and Related Treatisesp. 107
Julian of Norwich: Everyone's Mysticp. 139
A Showing of God's Grace: The Book of Margery Kempep. 159
Rolle among the Reformers: Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy in Wycliffite Copies of Richard Rolle's Psalterp. 177
Medieval English Mystical Lyricsp. 203
Further Thoughts on the Spirituality of Syon Abbeyp. 219
Bibliographyp. 244
Indexp. 253
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ISBN: 9780859915168
ISBN-10: 0859915166
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 7th August 1997
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 16.51  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.75