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A Companion to The Doctrine of the Hert: The Middle English Translation and its Latin and European Contexts

Denis Renevey and Christiania Whitehead


The Doctrine of the Hert was the fifteenth-century English translation of De doctrina cordis, the thirteenth-century Latin devotional treatise addressed to nuns. The text progressively pairs the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit with seven key actions of the heart, leading readers toward contemplative unity with God. It was a religious bestseller, circulated widely throughout Europe between the thirteenth and fifteenth centuries, and was translated into numerous vernacular versions. This book consists of ten essays from an international group of scholars of medieval religion discussing the Middle ... More

Keywords: nuns, De doctrina cordis, devotional treatise, seven gifts, Holy Spirit, contemplative unity, God, medieval religion, spirituality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780859898218
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780859898218.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Denis Renevey, editor
University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Christiania Whitehead, editor
University of Warwick

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