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The middle English mystics

Author: Wolfgang Riehle
Publisher: Abingdon : Routledge, 2020.
Series: Routledge library editions., Medieval world ;, volume 41.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Originally published as an English translation in 1981, The Middle English Mystics is a crucial contribution to the study of the literature of English mysticism. This book surveys and analyses the language of metaphor in the writings of such mystics as Richard Rolle, Walter Hilton, Julian of Norwich, and in such anonymous works as The Cloud of Unknowing and the Ancrene Wisse. The main emphasis of this comparative  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Terminology
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Wolfgang Riehle
ISBN: 9780429265525 0429265522 9780429556067 0429556063 9780429565007 0429565003 9780429560538 0429560532
OCLC Number: 1105988274
Language Note: Translation of: Studien zur englischen Mystik des Mittelalters unter besonderer Berücksichtigung ihrer Metaphorik.
Notes: Rev. translation of: Studien zur englischen Mystik des Mittelalters unter besonderer Berücksichtigung ihrer Metaphorik.
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Preface --
Abbreviations --
Introduction --
1. The Public for Mystical Literature in England --
2. The Interrelation Between Continental and English Mysticism --
3. The Song of Songs and Metaphors for Love in English Mysticism --
4. Metaphors for the Preparation for the Unio Mystica Man's Withdrawal into Himself; The Soul's 'Emptying Itself' as Prerequisite for the Unio Mystica The Laying Bare of the Soul Mystical Annihilation --
5. Metaphors for the Way of the Soul to God --
6. Metaphors for Speaking About God in English Mysticism --
7. Technical Terms for the Mystical Union and for Ecstasy Unio and Unitas of Man and God Extasis and Excessus Mentis The Mystical Raptus The Familiaritas cum Deo The Commercium cum Deo --
8. The Experience of God as a Spiritual Sense Perception. 8.1. The Unio as Mystical Enjoyment of God ; 8.1a. The Fruitio Dei ; 8.1b. The Eating and Tasting of God ; 8.2. Felen and Feling as Mystical Terms ; 8.3. The Touching of Man and God ; 8.4. The Unio Mystica as a Smelling and Hearing or Speaking of God ; 8.5. Excursus: The Significance of Metaphors in Music in English Mysticism ; 8.6. The Visio Dei --
9. The Metaphorical Complex of Having God --
10. The Mystical Experience of God as Rest, Sleep, Death and Complete Absorption of the Self --
11. The Image of God in the Soul, Mystical Deification and Union in the Ground of the Soul. 11.1. The Imago and Similitudo Character of the Soul and its Reformatio ; 11.2. The Deification of the Soul ; 11.3. The Ground of the Soul in English Mysticism --
Conclusion --
Notes --
Select Bibliography --
Middle English Word Index --
Index of Names and Titles.
Series Title: Routledge library editions., Medieval world ;, volume 41.
Other Titles: Studien zur englischen Mystik des Mittelalters unter besonderer Berücksichtigung ihrer Metaphorik.
Responsibility: Wolfgang Riehle ; translated by Bernard Standring.

Abstract:

Originally published as an English translation in 1981, The Middle English Mystics is a crucial contribution to the study of the literature of English mysticism. This book surveys and analyses the language of metaphor in the writings of such mystics as Richard Rolle, Walter Hilton, Julian of Norwich, and in such anonymous works as The Cloud of Unknowing and the Ancrene Wisse. The main emphasis of this comparative and stylistic study is not theological but rather the means by which theological concepts are communicated through language. The book sets the English mystics in perspective by establishing their place in the European mystical movement of the Middle Ages. It shows how intricate the relationship between English, and continental mysticism really is. The book suggests that there is clear links between English and German female mysticism, yet the mysticismis in the main due not so much to specific influences as to the common background of Christian theology and mysticism.

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