Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Secret WithinHermits, Recluses, and Spiritual Outsiders in Medieval England$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Wolfgang Riehle

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451096

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451096.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM Cornell University Press SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.cornell.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Cornell University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in Cornell for personal use (for details see www.cornell.universitypressscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy/privacy-policy-and-legal-notice).date: 10 December 2018

“Female” versus “Male” Spirituality?

“Female” versus “Male” Spirituality?

A Talking of the Love of God and the Meditations of the Monk of Farne

Chapter:
(p.59) Chapter 4 “Female” versus “Male” Spirituality?
Source:
The Secret Within
Author(s):

Wolfgang Riehle

, Charity Scott-Stokes
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801451096.003.0004

This chapter examines the mystical discourse in A Talking of the Love of God, a unique prose text in Vernon that prefaces Ancrene Wisse, with particular emphasis on the distinction between “female” and “male” spirituality. Considered by scholars to be typical of fourteenth-century mysticism, Talking is an example of vernacular literature for recluses. It is concerned with God's love and probably recalls The Wooing of Our Lord. As in The Wooing of Our Lord, so also in the parts of Talking that are dependent on this earlier text, the first-person speaker should be thought of as a woman, who comes to recognize Christ as her ideal lover and partner. This chapter also considers the connection between Talking and the collection of meditations of the “monk of Farne,” believed to be John Whiterig.

Keywords:   mysticism, A Talking of the Love of God, Ancrene Wisse, spirituality, love, The Wooing of Our Lord, meditations, monk of Farne, John Whiterig, recluses

Cornell Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.