Elizabeth Andersen (School of Modern Languages, Newcastle University)
Dr Andersen's research specialism is German medieval literature, in particular mystical and visionary writing. Other interests are the intertextuality and the articulation of voices and identity in women's writing. She has published widely on Mechthild of Magdeburg; the focus of her current research is the circulation of Latin and Low German devotional texts throughout the Hanseatic region.
Henrike Lähnemann (Professor of German Studies, Newcastle University)
Prof. Lähnemann's research specialism is medieval and Early Modern German literature, especially manuscript transmission and visual culture. Other interests include comparative medieval literature and visual culture. Currently, she is working on a database of the manuscripts from the convent of Medingen and preparing several text editions which include material from Medingen.
Anne Simon (Institute for Germanic and Romance Studies, University of London)
Dr Simon’s main research interests lie in the literature, art and culture of the Middle Ages and Early Modern period; and the impact of these periods on subsequent eras, up to and including the present. She is currently working on two projects: an edition of the letters of the sixteenth-century nun Katerina Lemmel; and a study of Nuremberg’s construction of a 'brand image' during the Middle Ages and its subsequent eras.
All those interested in religious studies, medieval history, textual transmission, Latin and Low German in the Middle Ages, mysticism, devotional writing, gender studies as well as linguists, literary scholars and music historians.
Table of contents
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1 Introduction: Mysticism and Devotion in Northern Germany
Elizabeth Andersen, Henrike Lähnemann and Anne Simon
2 Liturgy and Reform: Northern German Convents in the Late Middle Ages
Beginnings and Formations—Mystical Culture and the Helfta Circle
3 Hadewijch of Brabant and the Beguine Movement
4 Transmission and Impact: Mechthild of Magdeburg’s Das fließende Licht der Gottheit
Sara S. Poor
5 Text Production and Authorship: Gertrude of Helfta’s Legatus divinae pietatis
Balázs J. Nemes
6 Latin and the Vernacular: Mechthild of Magdeburg— Mechthild of Hackeborn—Gertrude of Helfta
Transmission, Transformation and Exchange—Devotional Culture and the Lüneburg Convents
7 Prelude: Northern Circulation of Fourteenth-Century Mystical Texts
8 An Urban Housewife as a Saint for Prussia: Dorothea of Montau and Johannes Marienwerder
9 Birgitta of Sweden in Northern Germany: Translation, Transmission and Reception
10 The Influence of the Devotio Moderna in Northern Germany
11 Religious Song and Devotional Culture in Northern Germany
12 Liturgy and Performance in Northern Germany: Two Easter Plays from Wienhausen
13 Bilingual Devotion in Northern Germany: Prayer Books from the Lüneburg Convents
14 Intellectual Horizons: Letters from a Northern German Convent