By Dr Rik Van Nieuwenhove, Robert Faesen, Helen Rolfson
The religious culture of the Low nations, regularly written in Dutch (or Flemish, that's an identical language) needs to rank, including the German college, because the most vital vernacular culture in past due medieval and early sleek Europe. This booklet offers for the 1st time texts from this college of Netherlandish mysticism of the overdue medieval interval in English translation. It includes extracts or complete treatises from the entire significant representatives of this faculty after the loss of life of Jan van Ruusbroec. None of those texts come in English, and a few have been by no means released in any respect yet have been translated from past due medieval manuscripts. The publication comprises texts of a paranormal and pastoral nature, frequently facing the matter of ache, reflecting the bothered occasions in which they have been written. Readers will take pleasure in the wide range of texts provided the following. there are various extra conventional mystical-theological writings that glance again to the age of Ruusbroec, constructing a prof
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