A Mirror to Devout People: Speculum devotorum

Hardcover | April 16, 2016

EditorPaul J. Patterson

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This edition of A Mirror to Devout People presents for the first time a Middle English Life of Christ, with additional religious advice, written in the early fifteenth century by a Carthusian monk at the Sheen Charterhouse for a sister at the nearby Bridgettine Syon Abbey. Both the SheenCharterhouse and Syon were recent royal foundations, established by Henry V. The Mirror is an important example of the devotional works produced to satisfy demand among laity as well as professed religious, wanting to read lives of Christ in the years following the repressive legislation ofArchbishop Arundel (1409), which placed severe restrictions on biblical translation into English, intended to limit the spread of heresy. The Mirror, written in the tradition of the highly successful translation by another Carthusian, Nicholas Love, of Pseudo-Bonaventure's life of Christ, testifies to the demand for such material in pious households.

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This edition of A Mirror to Devout People presents for the first time a Middle English Life of Christ, with additional religious advice, written in the early fifteenth century by a Carthusian monk at the Sheen Charterhouse for a sister at the nearby Bridgettine Syon Abbey. Both the SheenCharterhouse and Syon were recent royal foundatio...

Prof. Paul J. Patterson is an Associate Professor of English at Saint Joseph's University. His research interests include devotional writing in late medieval England and the transmission of mystical writings from the Continent to England.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:375 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.1 inPublished:April 16, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198744978

ISBN - 13:9780198744979

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