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- DescriptionThis volume makes readily available for the first time a critical edition of The Doctrine of the Hert, the fifteenth-century English translation of De doctrina cordis, a thirteenth-century Latin devotional treatise addressed to nuns. A religious bestseller, the Doctrina circulated throughout Europe between the thirteenth and fifteenth centuries and was translated into six different languages. The Doctrina progressively pairs the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit with seven key actions of the heart, leading readers toward contemplative unity with God. Despite its medieval popularity, the Doctrina has largely escaped the attention of scholars until recently. Exeter's edition offers a full textual commentary, while its introduction t only examines current thinking upon the Doctrina's authorship and envisaged primary audience, but also takes advantage of recent scholarly breakthroughs in the understanding of late medieval female spirituality.
- Author BiographyDenis Renevey is Chair of Medieval English Literature and Language at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. He has published widely in the field of vernacular theology and female religious writings. Christiania Whitehead is a Senior Lecturer in Medieval English Literature at the University of Warwick. Her fields of interest lie in medieval allegory and female spirituality. Anne Mouron is a fellow in English at Greyfriars, University of Oxford. She writes on late medieval devotional literature.
- PublisherLiverpool University Press
- Date of Publication10/05/2010
- LanguageEnglish & English, Middle (1100-1500)
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleExeter Medieval Texts and Studies
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintUniversity of Exeter Press
- Weight604 g
- Width153 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine23 mm
- Edited byAnne Mouron,Christiania Whitehead,Denis Renevey
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