The Boundaries of Faith: The Development and Transmission of Medieval Spirituality


This volume deals with the ways in which religious Faith was communicated and adapted during the late medieval period and after, and with the ways in which spirituality, culture, written texts and gender interacted during the same period. Drawing on texts like the Book of Margery Kempe, popular prayers, romances and devotions, well-known devout practices, mystical and visionary writing, and devout representations like the Arma Christi, the book addresses the ways in which these both informed and were informed by attitudes towards Faith and Belief which continue today. Subjects include: the development of religious attitudes; devotion to Christ's blood; the influence of mysticism on literary texts; Chaucer's feminism; Eastern sources; and the transmission of medieval spirituality into the New World.


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Biographical Note

John C. Hirsh is Professor of English and American Literature at Georgetown University. He has published extensively on late medieval literature and spirituality, including (cu The Revelations of Margery Kempe: Paramystical Practices in Later Medieval England

Review Quotes

' intriguing and provoking discussion which should appeal to a wide readership.' Christopher Holdsworth.

Table of contents

The Origin of Affective Devotion. Buddhism and Spirituality in Medieval England. The Gods Appear: Representing the Divine in Quest Narrative. Is the Book of Margery Kempe a Feminist Text? Feminism and Spirituality in Chaucer: The Second Nun's Tale. Christ's Blood. The Liberation of Mysticism: A Reflection on Richard Rolle. The Arma Christi and Power: Meditation, Motivation and Display. The New World.


All those interested in medieval literature and culture, all those interested in medieval religion, particularly after c. 1100; those interested in the relationship of gender and religion in the medieval period; those interested in medieval spiritulality; those interested in mysticism.