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A Companion to The Doctrine of the HertThe Middle English Translation and its Latin and European Contexts$
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Denis Renevey and Christiania Whitehead

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780859898218

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780859898218.001.0001

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De doctrina cordis and Fifteenth-Century Ecclesial Reform: Reflections on the Context of German Vernacular Versions

De doctrina cordis and Fifteenth-Century Ecclesial Reform: Reflections on the Context of German Vernacular Versions

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(p.223) 9 De doctrina cordis and Fifteenth-Century Ecclesial Reform: Reflections on the Context of German Vernacular Versions
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A Companion to The Doctrine of the Hert
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Karl-Heinz Steinmetz

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780859898218.003.0010

The thirteenth-century Latin treatise De doctrina cordis (The Doctrine of the Hert), probably written by either Gerard of Liège or Hugh of St Cher, had an impact on Germany, particularly following the Councils of Constance and Basel that supported monastic reform. Many of the Latin manuscripts were composed in Germany and Austria during the mid- or late fifteenth century. In addition, most manuscripts with an abbreviated version of the Latin text and all six vernacular translations into Middle High German date back to the post-Constance period. This chapter explores how De doctrina cordis supported the dissemination of devotional theology in fifteenth-century Germany, with reference to the six extant Middle High German versions.

Keywords:   monastic reform, De doctrina cordis, Germany, manuscripts, vernacular translations, Middle High German, devotional theology

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