The Doctrine of the Hert

A Critical Edition with Introduction and Commentary

Edited by Christiania Whitehead, Denis Renevey, and Anne Mouron

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ISBN: 9780859897785

Publication: May 17, 2010

Series: Exeter Medieval Texts and Studies

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This volume makes readily available for the first time a critical edition of The Doctrine of the Hert, the fifteenth-century English translation of De doctrina cordis, a thirteenth-century Latin devotional treatise addressed to nuns.A religious bestseller, the Doctrina circulated throughout Europe between the thirteenth and fifteenth centuries and was translated into six different languages. The Doctrina progressively pairs the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit with seven key actions of the heart, leading readers toward contemplative unity with God.Despite its medieval popularity, the Doctrina has largely escaped the attention of scholars until recently. Exeter’s edition offers a full textual commentary, while its introduction not only examines current thinking upon the Doctrina’s authorship and envisaged primary audience, but also takes advantage of recent scholarly breakthroughs in the understanding of late medieval female spirituality.

Anne Mouron is a fellow in English at Greyfriars, University of Oxford. She writes on late medieval devotional literature.

Christiania Whitehead is a Senior Lecturer in Medieval English Literature at the University of Warwick. Her fields of interest lie in medieval allegory and female spirituality.

Denis Renevey is Chair of Medieval English Literature and Language at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. He has published widely in the field of vernacular theology and female religious writings.

Foreword Introduction 1. De doctrina cordis 2. The structure and content of De doctrina cordis 3. Authorship 4. Vernacular versions 5. The Doctrine of the Hert and fifteenth-century English religiosity 6. Themes and images 7. The Doctrine of the Hert as a translation 8. Middle English manuscript descriptions 9. Choice of base manuscript 10. Language and dialect Bibliography Editorial Procedures The Doctrine of the Hert Prologue Capitulum primum Capitulum secundum Capitulum tercium Capitulum quartum Capitulum quintum Capitulum sextum Capitulum septimum Textual Commentary Abbreviated references Additional prefatory notes Prologue Capitulum primum Capitulum secundum Capitulum tercium Capitulum quartum Capitulum quintum Capitulum sextum Capitulum septimum Textual Variants Index to Latin and English Scriptural Quotations Appendices A. Transcription of the 'HV' Prologue from De doctrina cordis B. Table of chapter contents from the 1607 edition of De doctrina cordis Glossary of Middle English Terms

A significant resource for students and scholars of medieval mysticism.
  The Year’s Work in English Studies, Vol 91

‘These two complementary volumes together fill a major gap in the ever-burgeoning fields of late medieval devotional literature and of medieval women’s spirituality. Students of medieval devotional literature and of medieval women’s spirituality will want to own the Companion as well as the edition of The Doctrine of the Hert.
Robert Sturges   Medieval Feminist Forum, 48.1,

An important addition to the corpus of medieval spiritual literature in the vernacular... it should enjoy a wide readership among all those interested in medieval mysticism and spirituality.
  Analecta Cartusiana, No. 293

The edition is intended to be used alongside A Companion to the Doctrine of the Hert: The Middle English Translation and its Latin and European Contexts, edited by Denis Renevey and Christiania Whitehead (Exeter, 2010). These volumes represent a very significant and welcome contribution to medieval scholarship and will undoubtedly influence much future work on vernacular religious writings.' (The Doctrine of the Hert: A Critical Edition with Introduction and Commentary, Medium Ævum, Vol. LXXIX, 2010)
  Medium Ævum, Vol. LXXIX

Format: Paperback

Size: 228 x 153 mm

320 Pages

ISBN: 9780859897785

Publication: May 17, 2010

Series: Exeter Medieval Texts and Studies

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