Visionary Women: Three Medieval Mystics

Visionary Women: Three Medieval Mystics

Visionary Women: Three Medieval Mystics

Visionary Women: Three Medieval Mystics

Synopsis

A leading feminist theologian glimpses into the souls of medieval women through the revelations of three noted mystical theologians: Hildegard of Bingen, Mechthild of Magdeburg, and Julian of Norwich.

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It is with great pleasure that I introduce this publication, which makes my writings on three medieval mystics-Hildegard of Bingen, Mechthild of Magdeburg, and Julian of Norwich—accessible to a popular audience. The writings of these women were largely unknown until a few decades ago. Translations of medieval writers into English or other modern languages focused on the male theologians and generally did not see women as having an authoritative voice. We owe it to the new interest in women and women's writings in recent years that these women mystics have been rediscovered and their work made accessible in modern translations.

The rich creativity of the thought of these medieval women is providing Christians in the twenty-first century with new insights into Christian faith and into the medieval world as well. We are amazed at the range . . .

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