The Female Mystic: Great Women Thinkers of the Middle Ages

The Female Mystic: Great Women Thinkers of the Middle Ages
Author: Andrea Janelle Dickens
Publisher: I. B. Tauris
2009
Pages: 256

زنان عارف: بزرگ‌ترین زنان اندیشمند در قرون وسطا
نویسنده: آندریا جانل دیکنز
ناشر: آی. بی. توریس
سال نشر: ۲۰۰۹
تعداد صفحات: ۲۵۶

☑️ دربارهٔ کتاب:

The Middle Ages saw a flourishing of mysticism that was astonishing for its richness and distinctiveness. The medieval period was unlike any other period of Christianity in producing people who frequently claimed visions of Christ and Mary, uttered prophecies, gave voice to ecstatic experiences, recited poems and songs said to emanate directly from God and changed their ways of life as a result of these special revelations. Many recipients of these alleged divine gifts were women. Yet the female contribution to western Europe’s intellectual and religious development is still not well understood. Popular or lay religion has been overshadowed by academic theology, which was predominantly the theology of men. This timely book rectifies the neglect by examining a number of women whose lives exemplify traditions which were central to medieval theology but whose contributions have tended to be dismissed as ‘merely spiritual’ by today’s scholars.

In their different ways, visionaries like Richeldis de Faverches (founder of the Holy House at Walsingham, or ‘England’s Nazareth’), the learned Hildegard of Bingen, Hadewijch of Brabant (exemplary voice of the Beguine tradition of love mysticism), charismatic traveller and pilgrim Margery Kempe and anchoress Julian of Norwich all challenged traditional male scholastic theology. Designed for the use of undergraduate student and general reader alike, this attractive survey provides an introduction to thirteen remarkable women and sets their ideas in context.

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Introduction 1

1. Mary’s Handmaid: Richeldis of Faverches 11

2. Sybil of the Rhine: Hildegard of Bingen 25

3. Penitential Demoniac: Christina of St Trond/ 39
Christina Mirabilis

4. Jouster for Love: Hadewijch of Brabant 55

5. Divine Lover: Mechtild of Magdeburg 71

6. Community Visionary: Mechtilde of Hackeborn 87

7. Franciscan Penitent: Angela of Foligno 103

8. Annihilated Soul: Marguerite Porete 119

9. Bodily Mystic: Julian of Norwich 133

10. Papal Advisor: Catherine of Siena 149

11. Contemplative Pilgrim: Margery Kempe 163

12. Carmelite Reformer: Teresa of Avila 179

Conclusions 193

Glossary 199

Bibliography 203

Endnotes 213

Index 243