Three Women of Liege: A Critical Edition of and Commentary on the Middle English Lives of Elizabeth of Spalbeek, Christina Mirabilis, and Marie d'Oignies

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Elizabeth of Spalbeek, Christina Mirabilis, and Marie d'Oignies were three of the famous late twelfth-/early thirteenth-century 'holy women' from the region of Brabant and Liege: their life stories (written in Latin by Philip of Clairvaux, Thomas of Cantimpre, and Jacques of Vitry) were read throughout later medieval Europe, and Margery Kempe modelled her Book, and her life, upon Marie's. The Latin lives of these beguine saints were not well known in England, but they were translated into English in the fifteenth...
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Elizabeth of Spalbeek, Christina Mirabilis, and Marie d'Oignies were three of the famous late twelfth-/early thirteenth-century 'holy women' from the region of Brabant and Liege: their life stories (written in Latin by Philip of Clairvaux, Thomas of Cantimpre, and Jacques of Vitry) were read throughout later medieval Europe, and Margery Kempe modelled her Book, and her life, upon Marie's. The Latin lives of these beguine saints were not well known in England, but they were translated into English in the fifteenth century, and survive together in a single manuscript: Oxford, Bodleian Library, Douce 114. Three Women of Liege is the first critical edition of these Lives, which represent some of the only evidence of English interest in continental female mysticism. This edition includes an introduction that discusses the role of the manuscript in England and three essays that analyze the roles of these beguines in their Low Countries home of Liege along with the English reception of their lives. The edition itself is also extensively annotated and glossed, making it accessible to any scholar of English medieval literature.
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Acknowledgements vi

Introduction 1

The Middle English Life of Elizabeth of Spalbeek by Philip of Clairvaux 27

The Middle English Life of Christina Mirabilis by Thomas of Gantimpré 51

The Middle English Life of Marie d'Oignies by Jacques of Vitry, Book I 85

The Middle English Life of Marie d'Oignies by Jacques of Vitry, Book II 121

Elizabeth of Spalbeek: Performatio Christi 191

Christina Mirabilis: Astonishing Piety 219

Marie d'Oignies: The Vita of Jacques of Vitry 247

Glossary 289

Select Bibliography 335

Index 341

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