The English Prose Treatises of Richard Rolle

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Richard Rolle, the 'hermit of Hampole', wrote an extensive body of religious literature that was widely disseminated in late medieval England; but although many of his works have received substantial editorial attention, they have as yet attracted only limited detailed critical analysis, with scholarship largely focused on establishing facts about his life and striking character. This study aims to correct this imbalance by re-examining his English prose works - Ego Dormio, The Commandment and The Form of Living ...

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Overview

Richard Rolle, the 'hermit of Hampole', wrote an extensive body of religious literature that was widely disseminated in late medieval England; but although many of his works have received substantial editorial attention, they have as yet attracted only limited detailed critical analysis, with scholarship largely focused on establishing facts about his life and striking character. This study aims to correct this imbalance by re-examining his English prose works - Ego Dormio, The Commandment and The Form of Living - in terms of their literary form, content and appeal rather than their relationship to Rolle's biography. The author argues that in these devotional works (which appealed to a broad readership in late medieval England) Rolle successfully refines traditional affective strategies to develop an implied reader-identity, the individual soul seeking the love of God, which empowers each and every reader in his or her own spiritual journey. CLARE ELIZABETH MCILROY teaches at the University of Western Australia.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843840039
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/29/2004
  • Series: Studies in Medieval Mysticism , #4
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.62 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface
1 Richard Rolle, English writers 1
2 "Ihesu louynge, Ihesu thynkynge, Ihesu desyrynge" : affectivity, the devotional movement and Rolle's implied reader 21
3 "I will becum a messager to bring [th]e to hys bed" : Ego dormio 57
4 "A noble tretise of loue" : The commandment 99
5 "A man or a woman [th]at is ordeynet to contemplatif lif" : The form of living 140
Bibliography 187
Index 209
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