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The Secret WithinHermits, Recluses, and Spiritual Outsiders in Medieval England$
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Wolfgang Riehle

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451096

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451096.001.0001

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Some Aspects of Popularizing Mysticism in Late Medieval England

Some Aspects of Popularizing Mysticism in Late Medieval England

(p.282) Chapter 11 Some Aspects of Popularizing Mysticism in Late Medieval England
The Secret Within

Wolfgang Riehle

, Charity Scott-Stokes
Cornell University Press

This chapter examines some aspects of popularizing mysticism in England during the late medieval period. It begins with a discussion of the allegory The Abbey of the Holy Ghost, which tackles the theme of practicing self-discipline and doing penance, and has recourse to Ancrene Wisse as a text that could be used as a new “rule of life” for the contemplative laity. It then considers the Meditationes vitae Christi and Nicholas Love's Mirror of the Blessed Life of Jesus Christ before turning to the mystic themes in English religious drama. It also explores thematic parallels in morality plays such as Wisdom Who Is Christ, or Mind, Will and Understanding and The Castle of Perseverance.

Keywords:   mysticism, England, allegory, The Abbey of the Holy Ghost, Meditationes vitae Christi, Nicholas Love, Mirror of the Blessed Life of Jesus Christ, religious drama, morality plays, The Castle of Perseverance

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