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TitleEnglish mystics of the Middle Ages / edited by Barry Windeatt
ImprintCambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1994
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This edition brings together for the first time key texts representing the writings of the medieval English mystics. The texts have been newly edited from early manuscripts, and are supplemented with textual and explanatory 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. Shorter works are presented whole, where possible, and accompanied by extracts from the mystics' longer works; extracts from contemporary translations into English are also included to illustrate the reception of European mystical texts in later medieval England. Overall, this volume makes accessible some of the finest writing by English contemplatives and visionaries of the Middle Ages


The fire of love ; The mendynge of lyfe ; Ego dormio ; The commandment ; The form of living / Richard Rolle -- The cloud of unknowing ; The book of privy counselling ; Mystical prayer / Anonymous -- Epistle on the mixed life ; Of angel's song ; Eight chapters on perfection ; The scale of perfection, book 1 ; The scale of perfection, book 2 ; Qui habitat ; The prickynge of love / Walter Hilton -- Revelations of divine love (shorter version) ; Revelations of divine lover (longer version) / Julian of Norwich -- The book of Margery Kempe / Margery Kempe -- The mirrour of simple soules ; A ladder of foure ronges by the which men mowe wele clyme of heven ; The doctrine of the hert ; The chastising of God's children ; The treatise of perfection of the sons of God / Anonymous English translators -- To hew heremyte: a pystyl of solytary lyfe nowadayse / Richard Methley

Mysticism -- England Mysticism -- History -- Middle Ages 600-1500 -- Sources


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