Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Literatur Und Ordensreform Im 15. Jahrhundert. Deutsche Abendmahlsschriften Im Nürnberger Katharinenkloster

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Literatur Und Ordensreform Im 15. Jahrhundert. Deutsche Abendmahlsschriften Im Nürnberger Katharinenkloster

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Antje Willing, Literatur una Ordensreform im 15. Jahrhundert. Deutsche Abendmahlsschriften im Nürnberger Katharinenkloster, Studien und Texte zum Mittelalter und zur frühen Neuzeit 4 (Münster, New York, Munich, and Berlin: Waxmann Verlag, 2004). 308 pp. ISBN 3-8309-1331-1. euro34.90.

Two studies lie at the centre of Antje Willing's Literatur und Ordensreform: one, of the library of the Dominican female convent of St. Katharina in Nuremberg during the fifteenth-century reform; the other, of four German works on the eucharist: treatises by the Cistercian 'Mönch von Heilsbronn' and the Franciscan Marquard von Lindau, and sermons by the Dominicans Johannes Tauler and Gerhard Comitis. That thorough scholarship has finally been undertaken on these works, particularly those of the Monch and Marquard, is extremely welcome, and the examination to which the works are subjected is nothing if not thorough. The link between the studies of the library and of the eucharistie texts is, however, complicated. The latter are examined to establish how they may have later conformed with the intentions of the fifteenth-century Dominican Observant reform, and are selected by virtue of their place in the list of readings at table for Corpus Christi in the (reformed) convent of St. Katharina. The book tends therefore to lack coherence: nothing is heard of the eucharist during the study of the library, and very little is heard of the Dominican Observance, and nothing new of the library, during the examination of the works.

That examination has a rather old-fashioned feel: the works are examined solely within the literary context and therein almost entirely from the perspective of their adaptation of the works on which they drew. The reader gains almost no sense that they were written at times when eucharistie issues were matters of pressing theological controversy. Very little of the material is interpreted in a wider context, and what interpretation there is feels equally old-fashioned. …

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