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An in-depth examination of the work of this important medieval woman mystic. This first book-length study of Marguerite Porete’s important mystical text, The Mirror of Simple Souls, examines Porete’s esoteric and optimistic doctrine of annihilation—the complete transformative union of the soul into God—in its philosophical and historical contexts. Porete was burned at the stake as a relapsed heretic in 1310. Her theological treatise survived the flames, but it circulated anonymously or under male pseudonyms until 1946, and her message endures as testament to a distinctive form of medieval spirituality. Robinson begins by focusing on traditional speculations regarding the origin, nature, limitations, and destiny of humankind. She then examines Porete’s work in its more immediate historical and literary contexts, focusing on the ways in which Porete conceptualizes and expresses her radical doctrine of annihilation through contemporary metaphors of lineage and nobility.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. CONTENTS
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xi-xvi
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  1. CHAPTER ONE: NOBILITY AS HISTORICAL REALITY AND THEOLOGICAL MOTIF
  2. pp. 1-25
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  1. CHAPTER TWO: THE “BEGUINE CLERGERESSE” AND HER MIRROR
  2. pp. 27-48
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  1. CHAPTER THREE: GOD, THE SOUL, AND NO-THINGNESS
  2. pp. 49-75
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  1. CHAPTER FOUR: NOBILITY AND ANNIHILATION
  2. pp. 77-100
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 101-107
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  1. Appendix
  2. pp. 109-110
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 111-159
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 161-174
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 175-178
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780791490693
Print ISBN
9780791449677
MARC Record
OCLC
49852717
Pages
194
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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