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Perry, Ryan M M (2014) 'Introduction'. In: Devotional Culture in Late Medieval England and Europe Diverse Imaginations of Christ’s Life. Medieval Church Studies . Brepols, Belgium, pp. 1-15. ISBN 978-2-503-54935-4. E-ISBN 978-2-503-55002-2. (doi:10.1484/M.MCS-EB.5.103035) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:59373)

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Christ’s life, as related through the Gospel narratives and early Apocrypha, was subject to a riot of literary-devotional adaptation in the medieval period. This collection provides a series of groundbreaking studies centring on the devotional and cultural significance of Christianity’s pivotal story during the Middle Ages.

The collection represents an important milestone in terms of mapping the meditative modes of piety that characterize a number of Christological traditions, including the Meditationes vitae Christi and the numerous versions it spawned in both Latin and the vernacular. A number of chapters in the volume track how and why meditative piety grew in popularity to become a mode of spiritual activity advised not only to recluses and cenobites as in the writings of Aelred of Rievaulx, but also reached out to diverse lay audiences through the pastoral regimens prescribed by devotional authors such as the Carthusian prior Nicholas Love in England and the Parisian theologian and chancellor of the University of Paris, Jean Gerson.

Through exploring these texts from a variety of perspectives - theoretical, codicological, theological - and through tracing their complex lines of dissemination in ideological and material terms, this collection promises to be invaluable to students and scholars of medieval religious and literary culture.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1484/M.MCS-EB.5.103035
Projects: Geographies of Orthodoxy: Mapping English Pseudo-Bonaventuran Lives of Christ, 1350-1550
Uncontrolled keywords: devotion, medieval, Nicholas Love, affective piety, Christ, Aelred, pseudo Bonaventure, devotion, Middle English
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BS The Bible
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BV Practical Theology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BV Practical Theology > BV1460 Religious Education
P Language and Literature > PC Romance philology and languages
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z4 Books. Writing. Paleography
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of English
Funders: Arts and Humanities Research Council (
Depositing User: Ryan Perry
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2016 11:10 UTC
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2022 11:01 UTC
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