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Mechthild of Magdeburg: The Flowing Light of the Godhead (Classics of Western Spirituality)

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Here is the first English translation based on the new critical edition of The Flowing Light of the Godhead, the sole mystical visionary work of Mechthild, a 13th-century (c. 1260-c. 1282/94) German Beguine. This challenging work of deep religious insight reflects Mechthild's inner life, and God's as well, employing a great variety of traditional medieval literary forms an ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published April 1st 1998 by Paulist Press (first published January 1st 1997)
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Sarah
Jul 30, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it
I read through this quickly for my thesis on Medieval Beguine mystics. I was originally going to do a chapter on her, but time constraints lead me to drop a chapter, so I decided to drop hers. I shouldn't say too much about her, because I can hardly be fair. Her poetry is probably her supreme value to readers of mystical spirituality. My thesis, however, was to evaluate her theology, which was rather neo-platonic ("spirit" is good and the body is bad). She is, however, part of the tradition of " ...more
Deborah Anthony
This book is written by a Contemplative in the 14th or 15th century. It is mostly poetry but quite interesting. It is not for everyone but I have enjoyed reading it and come back to it often.
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Interesting if you're into Medieval mystics. Don't read it if you're not.
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Mechthild (or Mechtild) of Magdeburg (c. 1207 – c. 1282/1294), a Beguine, was a medieval mystic, whose book Das fließende Licht der Gottheit (The Flowing Light of Divinity) described her visions of God.

Definite biographical information about Mechthild is scarce; what is known of her life comes largely from scattered hints in her work. She was probably born to a noble Saxon family, and claimed to h
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