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The Doctrine of the Hert: A Critical Edition with Introduction and Commentary (Exeter Medieval Texts and Studies)by Christiania Whitehead
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This volume makes readily available for the first time a critical edition of The Doctrine of the Hert, the fifteenth-century English translation of De doctrina cordis, a thirteenth-century Latin devotional treatise addressed to nuns. A religious bestseller, the Doctrina circulated throughout Europe between the thirteenth and fifteenth centuries and was translated into six different languages. The Doctrina progressively pairs the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit with seven key actions of the heart, leading readers toward contemplative unity with God. Despite its medieval popularity, the Doctrina has largely escaped the attention of scholars until recently. Exeter's edition offers a full textual commentary, while its introduction not only examines current thinking upon the Doctrina's authorship and envisaged primary audience, but also takes advantage of recent scholarly breakthroughs in the understanding of late medieval female spirituality.
This volume makes available for the first time a critical edition of The Doctrine of the Hert, a fifteenth-century English-language translation of De doctrina cordis, which was a thirteenth-century Latin devotional treaty addressed to nuns. Offering a full textual commentary, this edition of the Doctrina also provides an introduction that not only examines current thinking on the treatises authorship and envisioned primary audience, but also takes advantage of recent scholarly breakthroughs in our understanding of late medieval female spirituality.
About the Author
Denis Renevey is professor of Old and Middle English at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. Christiania Whitehead is senior lecturer in medieval English literature at the University of Warwick. Anne Mouron is a fellow in English at Greyfriars, University of Oxford.
Table of Contents
1. De doctrina cordis
2. The structure and content of De doctrina cordis
4. Vernacular versions
5. The Doctrine of the Hert and fifteenth-century English religiosity
6. Themes and images
7. The Doctrine of the Hert as a translation
8. Middle English manuscript descriptions
9. Choice of base manuscript
10. Language and dialect
The Doctrine of the Hert
Additional prefatory notes
Index to Latin and English Scriptural Quotations
A. Transcription of the 'HV' Prologue from De doctrina cordis
B. Table of chapter contents from the 1607 edition of De doctrina cordis
Glossary of Middle English Terms
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