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The Life of Dorothea Von Montau, a Fourteenth-Century Recluse

Studies in Women & Religion v. 39

Translated by Ute Stargardt
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, New York, United States
Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Published: 30th Jun 1997
Dimensions: h 240mm
ISBN-10: 0773485686
ISBN-13: 9780773485686
Barcode No: 9780773485686
This is a translation of the mystical tract "Des Leben der Zeligen Frawen Dorothee Clewsenerynne in der Thumkyrchen Czu Marienwerdir des Landes Czu Prewszen" (completed circa 1404). It is the last vita in a series of works the Prussian theologian Johannes von Marienwerder compiled in the service of the housewife, lay mystic, and finally anchoress Dorothea von Montau (1347-94) as Prussia's first native saint. It provides insights into the dispersal of mystical concepts in the borderlands of Christianity and also descirbes daily life on the farm, in the village and in the prosperous towns. The translation of this work, which in 1492 furnished the text for the first book to be printed in Prussia, also facilitates studies of textual authority and audience expectation and manipulation in medieval writing.

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