Nobility and Annihilation in Marguerite Porete's Mirror of Simple Souls

Front Cover
SUNY Press, May 16, 2001 - Religion - 178 pages
1 Review
This first book-length study of Marguerite Porete’s important mystical text, The Mirror of Simple Souls, examines Porete’s esoteric and optimistic doctrine of annihilation—the complete transformative union of the soul into God—in its philosophical and historical contexts. Porete was burned at the stake as a relapsed heretic in 1310. Her theological treatise survived the flames, but it circulated anonymously or under male pseudonyms until 1946, and her message endures as testament to a distinctive form of medieval spirituality.

Robinson begins by focusing on traditional speculations regarding the origin, nature, limitations, and destiny of humankind. She then examines Porete’s work in its more immediate historical and literary contexts, focusing on the ways in which Porete conceptualizes and expresses her radical doctrine of annihilation through contemporary metaphors of lineage and nobility.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

NOBILITY AS HISTORICAL REALITY AND THEOLOGICAL MOTIF
1
THE BEGUINE CLERGERESSE AND HER MIRROR
27
GOD THE SOUL AND NOTHINGNESS
49
NOBILITY AND ANNIHILATION
77
CONCLUSION
101
APPENDIX
109
NOTES
111
BIBLIOGRAPHY
161
INDEX
175
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2001)

Joanne Maguire Robinson is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Bibliographic information