The Vernacular Spirit

Essays on Medieval Religious Literature

  • Editors
  • Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski
  • Duncan Robertson
  • Nancy Bradley Warren

Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Introduction

    1. Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski, Duncan Robertson, Nancy Bradley Warren
      Pages 1-11
  3. English

  4. French

  5. German and Flemish

  6. Spanish

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 317-324

About this book


The late-medieval movement into 'vernacular theology,' as it has come to be called, inspired many forms of literary expression, in all the languages of Europe. Spanning a wide field, the contributors to this volume consider hagiography, translations of and commentaries on scripture, accounts of visionary experiences, and devotional literature. Their essays illuminate encounters with the divine mediated through language, bringing into play a diversity of national cultures and disciplinary points of view. They also engage vital social and political issues connected with religious experience, including challenges to authority, reinterpretations of texts, and renegotiations of gender roles.


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