Thomas a Kempis

Thomas à Kempis

Thomas à Kempis (kĕm´pĬs), b. 1379 or 1380, d. 1471, German monk, traditional author of The Imitation of Christ, b. Kempen, Germany. He was schooled at Deventer, in the Netherlands, the center of the Brothers of the Common Life founded by Gerard Groote. He joined the Augustinian canons (1399) and was ordained a priest (c.1413). His convent was Mt. St. Agnes, near Zwolle, in the Netherlands. Thomas worked principally at copying and writing. A number of his treatises on the monastic life and little devotional essays have been translated into English. The great devotional work The Imitation of Christ (c.1427) has traditionally been ascribed to him, although some scholars have contested his authorship. See Imitation of Christ, The.

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FREE! The Imitation of Christ: In Three Books By Thomas á Kempis; Howard Malcolm; John Payne Gould, Kendall, & Lincoln, 1844
The Intellectual History of Europe: From Saint Augustine to Marx By Frederick B. Artz Ginn, 1941
Librarian's tip: "Thomas a Kempis: Imitation of Christ" begins on p. 25
Pro Vita Monastica: An Essay in Defence of the Contemplative Virtures By Henry Dwight Sedgwick The Atlantic Monthly Press, 1923
Librarian's tip: Chap. VII "Thomas à Kempis D Qui Scintillam Haberet Veræ Caritatis, Profecto Omnia Terrena Sentiret Plena Fore Vanitatis. Thomas à Kempis
Religion through the Ages: An Anthology By Hermon F. Bell; Charles S. MacFarland Philosophical Library, 1948
Librarian's tip: Chap. X "Thomas a Kempis"
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Literary Criticisms By Francis L. Thompson; Terence L. Connolly E. P. Dutton, 1948
Librarian's tip: "Thomas a Kempis: His Age and Book" begins on p. 31
The Study of Spirituality By Cheslyn Jones; Geoffrey Wainwright; Edward Yarnold Oxford University Press, 1986
Librarian's tip: "Thomas a Kempis" begins on p. 324
Prayer: A Study in the History and Psychology of Religion By Friedrich Heiler; John Edgar Park; Samuel McComb; Samuel McComb Oxford University Press, 1932
Librarian's tip: Chap. VII "Prayer in Mysticism"
FREE! The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge By Samuel Macauley Jackson Funk and Wagnalls, vol.6, 1910
Librarian's tip: "Thomas a Kempis" begins on p. 309
Gerard Manley Hopkins: A Study of His Ignatian Spirit By David A. Downes Bookman Associates, 1959
Librarian's tip: Chap. Five "The Desolate Self of the Terrible Sonnets"
An Encyclopedia of Religion By Vergilius Ferm Philosophical Library, 1945
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