The Mirror of Simple Souls

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Paulist Press, 1993 - Religion - 249 pages
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Margaret (?-1310) was a beguine from Hainaut who was burned at the stake as a relapsed heretic. Here is the first modern English translation of the complete text of The Mirror, written between 1296 and 1306, a theological treatise that analyzes how love in humans is related to divine love and how the soul may experience a lasting union with God in this life.
 

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Review: Marguerite Porete: The Mirror of Simple Souls (Classics of Western Spirituality)

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Porete is astonishing and strange. She's also a lot less like Schreber than I initially thought. I read this, slowly and in awe, for a paper from which I wound up cutting all Beghard thought. Oh well. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
5
DEVELOPMENT OF BEGUINE COMMUNITIES
6
BEGUINES IN FRANCE
13
THE TRIAL OF MARGUERITE PORETE
20
MARGUERITE ON THE NATURE OF THE SOUL AND ITS SPIRITUAL PROGRESS
27
MARGUERITE ON TRANSFORMATION AND UNION
36
THE TRANSLATION
48
NOTES TO THE INTRODUCTION
49
THE MIRROR OF SIMPLE SOULS
63
NOTES TO THE MIRROR OF SIMPLE SOULS
223
Bibliography
234
Index to Introduction
244
Index to Text
247
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Page viii - I have also been greatly assisted by grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Folger Shakespeare Library.

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