An Illustrated Speculum Humanae Salvationis

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The medieval Latin poem Speculum Humanae Salvationis (known in English as The Mirror of Human Salvation) was one of the most popular works of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries with preachers and laity alike. Utilizing a typological approach to interpretation, it combines Old Testament and New Testament events and figures to depict an integrated narrative of redemption. As such, the Speculum is not only an outstanding model of medieval biblical interpretation, but also a fascinating case study in allegorical reading habits and the interplay between text and image. This Scholars Initiative project comprises the first modern transcription and English translation of the full Latin Speculum, accompanied by annotations tracing the biblical references and detailed notes explaining the visual iconography.

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Melinda Nielsen, Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, is an associate professor of literature in Baylor University’s Honors College. She has published many articles on medieval translation and education, particularly in the Boethian tradition.
Speculum Provenance Summary

 1 Introduction and Description (Michelle P. Brown)
 2 Images (David Lyle Jeffrey)
 3 On This Edition (Melinda Nielsen)

Speculum Humanae Salvationis: Transcription and Translation


Index of Names and Places
Index of Biblical Passages
Academics and clerics interested in biblical interpretation, art history, and medieval homiletics.
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