Visions in Late Medieval England: Lay Spirituality and Sacred Glimpses of the Hidden Worlds of Faith

Visions in Late Medieval England: Lay Spirituality and Sacred Glimpses of the Hidden Worlds of Faith

by Gwenfair Walters Adams

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Overview

Visions in Late Medieval England: Lay Spirituality and Sacred Glimpses of the Hidden Worlds of Faith by Gwenfair Walters Adams

Visions were highly popular in the late Middle Ages, whether preached as vivid stories from the pulpit, illuminated in saint-filled manuscripts, or experienced during the breathless anticipation of a Mass or eerie darkness of a Yorkshire graveyard. This volume is the first to map out the wide range of vision types in late medieval English lay piety. Analyzing 1000 visionary accounts gathered from sermon and exempla collections, religious devotional works, saints’ legends, and lay stories, it explores five central dynamics of spirituality that visions shaped and sustained: Transactions of Satisfaction (visits to and from purgatory and hell), Reciprocated Devotion (visitations of the saints), Spiritual Warfare (attacks by demons), Supra-Sacramental Sight (Mass and Passion sightings), and Mediated Revelation (prophetic visions).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789004156067
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 02/23/2007
Series: Studies in the History of Christian Traditions Series , #130
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Gwenfair Walters Adams, Ph.D. (1993) in Medieval Ecclesiastical History, Cambridge University, is Associate Professor of Church History at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowlegdments
Abbreviations

Introduction

1. Transactions of Satisfaction and Visions of the Otherworld
2. Reciprocated Devotion and Visitations of the Saints
3. Spiritual Warfare in Demonic Encounters
4. Seeing Through the Surface: Vision as Supra-sacramental Sight
5. Visions, Power, and the Dynamic of Mediated Revelation

Conclusion

Appendices
Bibliography
Index

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