Nicholas Love's Mirror of the Blessed Life of Jesus Christ

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Nicholas Love's Mirror of the Blessed Life of Jesus Christ

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Exeter Medieval Texts and Studies

2005

January 4th, 2005

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Michael Sargent is Professor in the Department of English, Queens College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He has published a number of books, including De Cella in Seculum: Religious and Secular Life and Devotion in Late Medieval England (Boydell & Brewer, 1989) and Nicholas Love at Waseda (Boydell & Brewer, 1997).

Nicholas Love’s Mirror of the Blessed Life of Jesus Christ is a particularly important work of late medieval English vernacular theology: it is seen as a landmark in the history of the official campaign to control lay access to vernacular paramystical texts. It is made available here for the first time in a critical modern paperback edition, complete with a short introduction, explanatory notes and a glossary. The volume is not merely a revision of Michael Sargent’s 1992 Garland best-text edition, now out of print, but a new full critical edition that uses the Garland volume only as its starting-point. Although based on the same manuscript, this new edition includes the results of a complete collation of the 71 known surviving manuscripts and early prints.Nicholas Love’s Mirror was a Middle English translation of the pseudo-Bonaventuran Meditationes Vitae Christi. The Latin text, probably written at the end of the thirteenth century or the beginning of the fourteenth, was a popular book of devotions on the events of the life and passion of Christ characteristic of late-medieval Franciscan spirituality. The Introduction places Love's Mirror, properly, at the centre of current scholarly discussion of the development of vernacular theology in late medieval England.

It is a most readable text, and Professor Sargent has given us back something of real worth.

New Directions

M.G S. is to be warmly commended on this fine edition of a major treatise in the vernacular and his book is a welcome addition to the devotional literature of the early 15th century.

Revue d’histoire ecclésiastique

The publishers have been generous in their provision of space, and the book is well sized, produced on good-quality paper, with eleven plates (seven colour) which allow a snapshot of the manuscripts.’‘…this will be the definitive edition of Love’s text; Sargent’s editorial labours have endowed it with a scholarly authority for the twenty-first century matching the ecclesiastical authority it enjoyed in the fifteenth.

(Medium Ævum, Vol. LXXVI

Michael G. Sargent has produced two editions of Nicholas Love’s The Mirror of the Blessed Life of Jesus Christ:..

The Year’s Work in English Studies, Vol. 86, No. 1

Sargent’s introduction (sixteen pages) is very valuable, because it elucidates the complex circumstances of Love’s creation.’‘We believe that all university libraries should obtain a copy of this work.

Fifteenth-Century Studies 34

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Michael Sargent is Professor in the Department of English, Queens College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He has published a number of books, including De Cella in Seculum: Religious and Secular Life and Devotion in Late Medieval England (Boydell & Brewer, 1989) and Nicholas Love at Waseda (Boydell & Brewer, 1997).

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Cover1
Title Page4
Copyright Page5
Contents6
List of Illustrations7
Foreword and Acknowledgements8
Introduction10
The Text of this Edition24
Select Bibliography28
List of Manuscripts and Early Prints34
Table of Affiliations36
Plates38
Text50
Table of Contents52
"Attende" Note and"Memorandum"56
Proem58
Die Lune [Monday]64
Die Martis [Tuesday]100
Die Mercurij [Wednesday]118
Die Jouis [Thursday]150
Die Veneris [Friday]208
Die Sabbati [Saturday]238
Die Dominica [Sunday]242
De Sacramento [Treatise on the Sacrament]272
Explanatory Notes290
Select Glossary314
Illustrations38
Plate 1: MS Al, f. 2V (End of the Table of Contents)39
Plate 2: MS Al, f. 3r (Opening of the text: a [nineteenth centuty?] forgery)40
Plate 3: MS Al, f. 114r (End of the text, incipit of the "Treatise on the Sacrament")41
Plate 4: MS Al, f. 114V (Opening of the "Treatise on the Sacrament")42
Plate 5: MS A2, p. 1 (Opening of the Table of Contents)43
Plate 6: MS A2, p. 3 (End of the Table of Contents, with "Attende" note and "Memorandum44
Plate 7: MS A2, p. 158 (Opening of the "Passion" section)45
Plate 8: MS A2, p. 216 (End of the text, incipit and opening of the "Treatise on the Sacrament")46
Plate 9: MS A2, p. 233 (End of the "Treatise on the Sacrament")47
Plate 10: MS A2, p. 190 (lower half: Opening ofthe "Sunday" section)48