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Nicholas Love's Mirror of the Blessed Life of Jesus Christby Michael Sargent
Synopses & Reviews
Nicholas Love's Mirror of the Blessed Life of Jesus Christ is an important work of late medieval English vernacular theology, and is made available here in a modern paperback "Reading Text" edition, complete with a short Introduction, explanatory notes and glossary, followed by a longer hardback: the "Full Critical Edition".
The critical edition is not merely a revision of Michael Sargent's 1992 Garland best-text edition, now out of print, but a new and completely critical edition that uses the Garland volume only as its starting-point. Although based on the same manuscript, and containing much of the same introductory material, this edition includes the results of a complete collation of the 71 known surviving manuscripts and early prints. This collation demonstrates that the text exists in two separate authorial versions, of which the first, which incorporated a separate, independent translation of the Passion section, may not in the first instance have included the "Treatise on the Sacrament". The second version, on which the edition is based, is an authorial revision, undertaken, perhaps, after Love had met with Archbishop Arundel for approval of his text.
The Introduction discusses the evidence for the process of composition of the text, and places Love's Mirror, properly, at the centre of current scholarly discussion of the development of vernacular theology in late medieval England and the consequences of Arundel's anti-Lollard Lambeth Constitutions.
Book News Annotation:
Love's translation of Meditationes Vitae Christi into English was a best-seller of its day, intended to guide the laity in their devotions. It was also an answer to the complaints of Wyclif and his followers that the Church had strayed from its original intent. Sargent (English, Queen's College, CUNY) has collated all the known surviving manuscripts and early prints, and has provided contextual information, explanatory notes, illustrations, and a glossary. Distributed in the US by the David Brown Book Company.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This text is an important work of late medieval English vernacular theology, and is made available here in a critical modern edition, including notes and glossary. The volume is a thoroughly revised edition of the 1992 Garland edition, now out of print, and includes the results of a complete collation of the 71 known surviving manuscripts and early prints. This paperback is a shorter edition than the hardback and is aimed at students and religious readers.
Nicholas Love's Mirror of the Blessed Life of Jesus Christ is a particularly important work of late medieval English vernacular theology: it is seen as a landmark in the history of the official campaign to control lay access to vernacular paramystical texts. It is made available here for the first time in a critical modern paperback edition, complete with a short introduction, explanatory notes and a glossary. The volume is not merely a revision of Michael Sargent's 1992 Garland best-text edition, now out of print, but a new full critical edition that uses the Garland volume only as its starting-point. Although based on the same manuscript, this new edition includes the results of a complete collation of the 71 known surviving manuscripts and early prints.Nicholas Love's Mirror was a Middle English translation of the pseudo-Bonaventuran Meditationes Vitae Christi. The Latin text, probably written at the end of the thirteenth century or the beginning of the fourteenth, was a popular book of devotions
About the Author
Michael Sargent is Professor in the Department of English, Queens College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He has published a number of books, including De Cella in Seculum: Religious and Secular Life and Devotion in Late Medieval England (Boydell and Brewer, 1989) and Nicholas Love at Waseda (Boydell and Brewer, 1997).
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
Foreword and Acknowledgements
The Text of this Edition
List of Manuscripts and Early Prints
Table of Affiliations
Table of Contents
"Attende" Note and "Memorandum"
Die Lune [Monday]
Die Martis [Tuesday]
Die Mercurij [Wednesday]
Die Jouis [Thursday]
Die Veneris [Friday]
Die Sabbati [Saturday]
Die Dominica [Sunday]
De Sacramento [Treatise on the Sacrament]
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