A. E. Mouron (éd.), The Manere of Good Lyvyng

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Anne E. Mouron (éd.), The Manere of Good Lyvyng. A Middle English Translation of Pseudo-Bernard's 'Liber de modo bene vivendi ad sororem', Turnhout, 2014.

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Collection : Medieval Women: Texts and Contexts, 30
X+586 pages
ISBN : 978-2-503-54566-0
110 €

St. Bridget of Sweden's favourite book, the Manere of Good Lyvyng is truly a ‘heauenly pearle' (Batt) of medieval devotiononal literature.
In recent years, much critical attention has been devoted to medieval texts written for recluses, such as the Life of Christina of Markyate, Aelred's Institutio reclusarum, and the Ancrene Wisse. The Manere of Good Lyvyng, in contrast, brings the focus back to the conventual life and to the needs of a nun rather than an anchoress.
The Manere of Good Lyvyng is a late Middle English translation of an earlier Latin text, the Liber de modo bene vivendi ad sororem, long attributed to St Bernard of Clairvaux. Whether in its Latin form or its Middle English rendering, this work is a fascinating text and one with considerable artistic merit. It is neither a flamboyant text nor one strewn with images such as one encounters in the Ancrene Wisse. It is a quiet text, with the beauty and simplicity of a manuscript perfectly written in an elegant script, where no illustration distracts the reader from its reading.

Source : Brepols


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