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The Second Blossoming of a Text: The Spieghel der Maechden and the Modern Devotion

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

Abstract

This chapter explores a new vogue of influence of the Speculum virginum in the fifteenth century through a widely copied translation into Middle Dutch. It traces the early diffusion of manuscripts of the Middle Dutch translation to dependencies of the Utrecht chapter of the sisters of the common life, in particular to the influence of Wermbold of Buscoep, who became known as “the common Father of devout women in Holland.” Women inspired by the ideals of the Modern Devotion occupied a precarious position in canon law, as they were not formally attached to a religious order.The Speculum virginum provided them with a sanctioned way of life, obedient to the instruction of a male spiritual adviser. The translated version offered practical guidance to women in communities that in the fifteenth century were increasingly taking on the characteristics of an institutionalized religious order.

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Pastoral Care Fifteenth Century Fourteenth Century Century Urban Common Life 
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