The Book of Prayer of Sor Maria of Santo Domingo: A Study and Translation
The history of women's spirituality and Christian mysticism demonstrates that women have been influential religious leaders even without benefit of priestly ordination and theological training. St. Catherine of Siena and St. Teresa of Avila are examples of women with visionary gifts of tremendous power. A less well-known Spanish visionary is Sor Maria of Santo Domingo, a Dominican tertiary of peasant lineage who became so famous for her raptures, austerities, and prophecies that the king, a cardinal, and nobles considered her a living saint.
In 1948 research in the archives of the University of Zaragoza uncovered The Book of Prayer of Sor Maria of Santo Domingo (originally published around 1518) which had gone unnoticed for centuries. The text includes some of Sor Maria's ecstatic utterances and representations, and is a first-hand look at a women who in many ways is as representative of the early years of sixteenth century Spain as St. Teresa was of the later years. Giles' book provides the first English translation of this text as well as a study of Sor Maria and the issues that pushed her into the limelight.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
alumbrados Antonio appears asked authority Avila Beata believe Beloved Blessed blood body Book Cardinal century chapter Christ Christian Church Cisneros cleanse clothes conformity consider consolation contemplation continually critics cross death defense desire devotion Diego divine Dominican doubt eating evidence examination faith Father favor four garden give God's hand happy hear heard heart Heredia Historia holy human Italy Jesus Juan judges king later learned letter lived Lord matter means monastery Mother mystical observance pain passion penitence person Piedrahita play prayer provincial question raptures realize reason receive reform religious remain replied sacred Santo seen sinners Sor Maria sorrow soul Spain Spanish speak spiritual suffering sweet teaching things tune understanding Vitoria wish witnesses woman women writings