'Some sprytuall matter of gostly edyfycacion’: Readers and Readings of Nicholas Love’s Mirror of the Blessed Life of Jesus Christ

Perry, Ryan M M (2013) 'Some sprytuall matter of gostly edyfycacion’: Readers and Readings of Nicholas Love’s Mirror of the Blessed Life of Jesus Christ. In: The Pseudo-Bonaventuran Lives of Christ: Exploring the Middle English Tradition. Medieval Church Studies . Brepols, Belgium, pp. 79-126. ISBN 978-2-503-54276-8. E-ISBN 978-2-503-54317-8. (doi:10.1484/M.MCS-EB.1.101691)

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Abstract

The author looks at a sample of manuscripts containing this widely copied religious text from the early fifteenth century and questions the power of the author to truly control the readers' experience of the Mirror. The essay looks at varieties of annotation and other markings in manuscripts, from copies in private ownership to those in institutional settings. The essay is able to reveal how the Mirror was used in Syon abbey as part of the liturgical cycle in the Brigittine house, and by female readers in wealthy secular households. The essay explores the idea of how free the reader of meditative literature might be, or how far an author can impose structures for devotional practice upon actual audiences.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1484/M.MCS-EB.1.101691
Uncontrolled keywords: Reading, religious literature, Middle English, Nicholas Love, Syon abbey, Mirror of the Blessed Life
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BV Practical Theology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BV Practical Theology > BV1460 Religious Education
P Language and Literature
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z004 Books. Writing. Paleography
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of English
Depositing User: Ryan Perry
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2016 20:17 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 18:23 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/59353 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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