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The Resource Women and mystical experience in the Middle Ages, Frances Beer

Women and mystical experience in the Middle Ages, Frances Beer

Label
Women and mystical experience in the Middle Ages
Title
Women and mystical experience in the Middle Ages
Statement of responsibility
Frances Beer
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • This book is a study of three medieval women, Hildegard of Bingen, Mechthild of Magdeburg, and Julian of Norwich, all of whom were mystics. Although they differed radically in temperament, they largely transcended the antifeminism of their times - perhaps as a result of the confidence arising from their extraordinary spiritual experiences - and articulated their special revelations, even when they diverged from orthodox doctrine, in their writings. Each of the women is
  • Here more fully revealed to a 20th-century audience by Frances Beer's close textual analysis of her work, supported by such biographical detail as remains. Their social milieu and historical context, carefully considered, also help us to understand them as individuals: however liberated, they are to some extent products of their environments. Hildegard's perception of her Creator is informed by the heroic ideal, while Mechthild's erotic experience seems to reveal the
  • Influence of the minnesingers. The solitary Julian's experience of tender intimacy with her Lord, to be shared with any who would be Christ's lovers, reveals an egalitarian confidence in the ability of the individual soul to progress towards oneness with the divine. Each of the writers displays her 'womanliness' in a variety of ways - Hildegard by the inclusion of grand female figures such as Ecclesia and Synagogue, Mechthild by the elevation of the Virgin to divine
  • Status, equal to her son, and Julian by her understanding of the motherhood of God. Their individual natures are also further revealed through the author's examination of their resolution of a number of theological problems. By contrast, the works of two medieval men writing for women are also explored, for an indication of the degree to which their approach might be informed by antifeminism, and to compare their approach to the experience of union with that of
  • Hildegard, Mechthild or Julian
Biography type
collective biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Beer, Frances
Dewey number
  • 170
  • 248.2/2/0922
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
BV5095.H55
LC item number
B44 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Hildegard
  • Mechthild
  • Julian
  • Women mystics
  • Mysticism
  • Femmes mystiques
  • Mysticisme
  • Vrouwen
  • Mystiek
  • Frau
  • Religiöse Erfahrung
  • Mystikerin
  • Mystik
  • Westeuropa
Label
Women and mystical experience in the Middle Ages, Frances Beer
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 165-169) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Chapters on Hildegard of Bingen -- Mechthild of Magdeburg -- Julian of Norwich
Control code
25746971
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
174 pages
Isbn
9780851153025
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
92015362
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
UMKC: Nichols copy forms part of the Edwin J. Westermann Medieval Studies Collection.
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1546307
Label
Women and mystical experience in the Middle Ages, Frances Beer
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 165-169) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Chapters on Hildegard of Bingen -- Mechthild of Magdeburg -- Julian of Norwich
Control code
25746971
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
174 pages
Isbn
9780851153025
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
92015362
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
UMKC: Nichols copy forms part of the Edwin J. Westermann Medieval Studies Collection.
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1546307

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