The Female Mystic: Great Women Thinkers of the Middle Ages (International Library of Historical Studies)

The Female Mystic: Great Women Thinkers of the Middle Ages (International Library of Historical Studies)

Andrea Janelle Dickens


The heart a long time observed a flourishing of mysticism that used to be dazzling for its richness and uniqueness. The medieval interval used to be in contrast to the other interval of Christianity in generating those who often claimed visions of Christ and Mary, uttered prophecies, gave voice to ecstatic stories, recited poems and songs acknowledged to emanate at once from God and adjusted their methods of lifestyles because of those certain revelations. Many recipients of those alleged divine presents have been girls. but the feminine contribution to western Europe's highbrow and non secular improvement continues to be no longer good understood. renowned or lay faith has been overshadowed by way of educational theology, which used to be predominantly the theology of fellows. This well timed e-book rectifies the forget by means of studying a couple of girls whose lives exemplify traditions which have been imperative to medieval theology yet whose contributions have tended to be pushed aside as ""merely spiritual"" through ultra-modern students. of their alternative ways, visionaries like Richeldis de Faverches (founder of the Holy condominium at Walsingham, or ""England's Nazareth""), the discovered Hildegard of Bingen, Hadewijch of Brabant (exemplary voice of the Beguine culture of affection mysticism), charismatic vacationer and pilgrim Margery Kempe and anchoress Julian of Norwich all challenged conventional male scholastic theology. Designed for using undergraduate pupil and common reader alike, this beautiful survey offers an advent to 13 striking ladies and units their rules in context.

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