Sisters and Brothers of the Common Life Book

Sisters and Brothers of the Common Life


  • Author : John Van Engen
  • Publisher : University of Pennsylvania Press
  • Release Date : 2013-10-09
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN 10 : 9780812290059

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Sisters and Brothers of the Common Life Book Description :

The Devotio Moderna, or Modern Devout, puzzled their contemporaries. Beginning in the 1380s in market towns along the Ijssel River of the east-central Netherlands and in the county of Holland, they formed households organized as communes and forged lives centered on private devotion. They lived on city streets alongside their neighbors, managed properties and rents in common, and worked in the textile and book trades, all the while refusing to profess vows as members of any religious order or to acquire spouses and personal property as lay citizens. They defended their self-designed style of life as exemplary and sustained it in the face of opposition, their women labeled "beguines" and their men "lollards," both meant as derogatory terms. Yet the movement grew, drawing in women and schoolboys, priests and laymen, and spreading outward toward M√ľnster, Flanders, and Cologne. The Devout were arguably more culturally significant than the Lollards and Beguines, yet they have commanded far less scholarly attention in English. John Van Engen's magisterial book keeps the Modern Devout at its center and thinks through their story anew. Few interpreters have read the Devout so insistently within their own time and space by looking to the social and religious conditions that marked towns and parishes in northern Europe during the fifteenth century and examining the widespread upheavals in cultural and religious life between the 1370s and the 1440s. In Sisters and Brothers of the Common Life, Van Engen grasps the Devout in their humanity, communities, and beliefs, and places them firmly within the urban societies of the Low Countries and the cultures we call late medieval.

Devotio Moderna Book

Devotio Moderna


  • Author : John H. Van Engen
  • Publisher : Paulist Press
  • Release Date : 1988
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 331
  • ISBN 10 : 0809129620

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Devotio Moderna Book Description :

Here are basic texts that reveal the spirituality of the Modern Devout, especially during the early years of the movement from 1380 to 1430. The "Modern Devotion" movement, which was originated by a Dutchman, Master Geerte Grote, is the classic expression of later medieval religious life.

The Concept of Woman Book

The Concept of Woman


  • Author : Prudence Allen
  • Publisher : Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
  • Release Date : 2006-01-26
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 634
  • ISBN 10 : 0802833470

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The Concept of Woman Book Description :

The culmination of a lifetime's scholarly work, this pioneering study by Sister Prudence Allen traces the concept of woman in relation to man in Western thought from ancient times to the present. Volume I uncovers four general categories of questions asked by philosophers for two thousand years. These are the categories of opposites, of generation, of wisdom, and of virtue. Sister Prudence Allen traces several recurring strands of sexual and gender identity within this period. Ultimately, she shows the paradoxical influence of Aristotle on the question of woman and on a philosophical understanding of sexual coomplemenarity. Supplemented throughout with helpful charts, diagrams, and illustrations, this volume will be an important resource for scholars and students in the fields of women's studies, philosophy, history, theology, literary studies, and political science. In Volume 2, Sister Prudence Allen explores claims about sex and gender identity in the works of over fifty philosophers (both men and women) in the late medieval and early Renaissance periods. Touching on the thought of every philosopher who considered sex or gender identity between A.D. 1250 and 1500, The Concept of Woman provides the analytical categories necessary for situating contemporary discussion of women in relation to men. Adding to the accessibility of this fine discussion are informative illustrations, helpful summary charts, and extracts of original source material (some not previously available in English). In her third and final volume Allen covers the years 1500--2015, continuing her chronological approach to individual authors and also offering systematic arguments to defend certain philosophical positions over against others.

The Brethren of the Common Life Book

The Brethren of the Common Life


  • Author : Albert Hyma
  • Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • Release Date : 2004-05-06
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 222
  • ISBN 10 : 9781592446827

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The Brethren of the Common Life Book Description :

The Brethren of the Common Life was a religious organization in the Netherlands founded by Gerhard Groot in the last quarter of the fourteenth century. Groot was a lay preacher who spoke out against corruption and declining spirituality within the Church. The majority of the Brethren were laymen who devoted themselves to doing charitable work, nursing the sick, studying and teaching the Scriptures, and copying religious and inspirational works. They founded a number of schools that became famous for their high standards of learning. Many famous men attended their schools, including Nicholas of Cusa, Thomas a Kempis, and Erasmus, all of whom studied at the Brethren's school at Deventer. The Brethren's undogmatic form of piety became known as the 'devotio moderna' or 'new devotion' - a form which some historians have argued helped to pave the road for the Protestant Reformation.

The Modern Devotion Book

The Modern Devotion


  • Author : Regnerus Richardus Post
  • Publisher : Brill Archive
  • Release Date : 1968
  • Genre: Devotio moderna
  • Pages : 701
  • ISBN 10 :

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A Companion to Mysticism and Devotion in Northern Germany in the Late Middle Ages Book

A Companion to Mysticism and Devotion in Northern Germany in the Late Middle Ages


  • Author : Elizabeth Andersen
  • Publisher : BRILL
  • Release Date : 2013-10-31
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 452
  • ISBN 10 : 9789004258457

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A Companion to Mysticism and Devotion in Northern Germany in the Late Middle Ages Book Description :

The volume explores the hitherto uncharted late medieval religious landscape of Northern Germany. Through discussion of a rich, varied selection of mystical and devotional texts, also translated into English, a fascinating regional "mystical culture" with a far-reaching impact is revealed.

Christian Community in History Volume 1 Book

Christian Community in History Volume 1


  • Author : Roger Haight
  • Publisher : A&C Black
  • Release Date : 2004-09-16
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 512
  • ISBN 10 : 9780826416308

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Christian Community in History Volume 1 Book Description :

Drawing upon the methodology developed in his Dynamics of Theology (1990) and exemplified in Jesus Symbol of God (1999), Roger Haight, in this magisterial work, achieves what he calls an historical ecclesiology, or ecclesiology from below. In contrast to traditional ecclesiology from above, which is abstract, idealist, and ahistorical, ecclesiology from below is concrete, realist, and historically conscious. In this first of two volumes, Haight charts the history of the church's self-understandings from the origins of the church in the Jesus movement to the late Middle Ages. In volume 2 Haight develops a comparative ecclesiology based on the history and diverse theologies of the worldwide Christian movement from the Reformation to the present. While the ultimate focus of the work falls on the structure of the church and its theological self-understanding, it tries to be faithful to the historical, social, and political reality of the church in each period.

Library of Congress Subject Headings Book

Library of Congress Subject Headings


  • Author : Library of Congress
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date : 1992
  • Genre: Subject headings, Library of Congress
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : OSU:32435065917098

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A History of Women s Writing in Italy Book

A History of Women s Writing in Italy


  • Author : Letizia Panizza
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2000
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 361
  • ISBN 10 : 0521578132

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A History of Women s Writing in Italy Book Description :

This volume offers a comprehensive account of writing by women in Italy.