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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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Meat, Metaphor and Mysticism: Cooking the Books in The Doctrine of the Hert

Meat, Metaphor and Mysticism: Cooking the Books in The Doctrine of the Hert

(p.131) 5 Meat, Metaphor and Mysticism: Cooking the Books in The Doctrine of the Hert
A Companion to The Doctrine of the Hert

Vincent Gillespie

Liverpool University Press

Originally written as a teaching aid for priests charged with the pastoral care of religious women (either nuns or beguines), De doctrina cordis (The Doctrine of the Hert) offers a clear and schematic presentation of moral psychology, and uses allegories and metaphors of household tasks such as cleaning, cooking, and bed-making. The first section of the Middle English version deals with the preparation of the heart to receive God. This chapter examines the themes of food and cooking, with reference to meat and mysticism, in De doctrina cordis. It also discusses Henri Lefebvre's identification of three strands in his thinking about space: spatial practice, representations of space, and representational space.

Keywords:   food, De doctrina cordis, allegories, metaphors, cooking, heart, meat, mysticism

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