God's Words, Women's Voices: The Discernment of Spirits in the Writing of Late-Medieval Women Visionaries

God's Words, Women's Voices: The Discernment of Spirits in the Writing of Late-Medieval Women Visionaries

by Rosalynn Voaden
     
 

An examination of awareness of the ecclesiastical doctrine of discretio spirituum, the means of testing whether visions were truly of divine origin, in the works of medieval women visionaries from Bridget of Sweden to Joan of Arc.See more details below

Overview

An examination of awareness of the ecclesiastical doctrine of discretio spirituum, the means of testing whether visions were truly of divine origin, in the works of medieval women visionaries from Bridget of Sweden to Joan of Arc.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780952973423
Publisher:
Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date:
04/08/1999
Series:
York Medieval Texts Series
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
0.56(w) x 9.21(h) x 6.14(d)
Age Range:
Up to 12 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgement
Note on Style
Abbreviations
Introduction1
Ch. 1Women and Vision: The Devil's Gateway7
Mystics and Visionaries9
Classical and Christian Misogyny19
The Medieval Church and Women's Spirituality27
Women, Vision and discretio spirituum34
Ch. 2Seducing Spirits41
The Discourse of discretio spirituum44
Discretio spirituum: Definition and Development46
The Role of the Spiritual Director of Visionaries57
Popular Knowledge of discretio spirituum61
Discretio spirituum and Women Visionaries66
Ch. 3The Lady Vanishes: Bridget of Sweden, Exemplary Visionary73
The Woman behind the Visionary74
Epistola solitarii ad reges: Authority 81; Knowledge 85; Behaviour 8979
Sancta Birgitta Revelaciones: Authority 96; Knowledge 99; Behaviour 10493
Ch. 4Margery Kempe: The Woman Who Would Not Go Away109
The Tangled Text110
The Woman behind the Text115
Margery's Mixed Blessing117
Discretio spirituum in The Book of Margery Kempe: Authority 122; Knowledge 132; Behaviour 139122
Exit the Woman147
Conclusion155
AppThe Middle English Epistola solitarii ad reges of Alfonso of Jaen: An Edition of the Text in London, British Library, MS Cotton Julius Fii159
Bibliography183
Index203

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