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Title A mirror to devout people (speculum devotorum) / edited by Paul J. Patterson.

Published United Kingdom Oxford University Press, 2016.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  820.8 EETS OS  no.346    AVAILABLE
Physical description liv, 252 pages : facsimiles ; 22 cm.
Series Early English Text Society ; O.S. 346.
Early English Text Society (Series). Original series ; 346, 2016 (for 2015)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary This volume presents for the first time a Middle English Life of Christ, with additional religious advice, written in the early fifteenth century by a Carthusian monk at the Sheen Charterhouse for a nun at the nearby Bridgettine Syon Abbey. Both the Sheen Charterhouse and Syon were recent royal foundations, established by Henry V. The Mirror is an important example of the devotional works produced to satisfy demand among laity as well as professed religious, wanting to read lives of Christ in the years following the repressive legislation of Archbishop Arundel (1409), which placed severe restrictions on biblical translation into English, intended to limit the spread of heresy. The Mirror, written in the tradition of the highly successful translation by another Carthusian, Nicholas Love, of Pseudo-Bonaventure's life of Christ, testifies to the demand for such material in pious households.
Language notes Text in Middle English followed by the prayer 'O Intemerata' in Latin; introduction, notes and commentary in English.
Other author Patterson, Paul J., editor.
Subject Jesus Christ -- Meditations -- Early works to 1800.
Carthusians -- Spiritual life.
Devotional literature, English (Middle)
Variant Title Speculum devotorum.
ISBN 0198744978