Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The Doctrine of the Hert: A Critical Edition with Introduction and Commentary

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The Doctrine of the Hert: A Critical Edition with Introduction and Commentary

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The Doctrine of the Hert: A Critical Edition with Introduction and Commentary, ed. Christiania Whitehead, Denis Renevey, and Anne Mouron, Exeter Medieval Texts and Studies (Exeter: University of Exeter Press, 2010). lxxvi + 234 pp. ISBN 978-0-85989-778-5. £16.99/$31.00. The first printed edition of the fifteenth-century English translation of the thirteenth-century treatise De doctrina cordis (perhaps the work of the Cistercian Gerard of Liège). The work links the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit with seven actions of me heart, in order to lead its audience towards contemplative union with God. Directed to members of religious orders, De doctrina was very widely circulated and was translated into six languages; it has, however, received very litde critical attention. The editors argue that the Middle English version represents an adaptation rather than a translation. …

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