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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2011) 41 (2): 345–368.
Published: 01 May 2011
...Eleanor Johnson This essay analyzes the Middle English contemplative treatise, the Cloud of Unknowing , to show how its prose style is designed to embody the experience of spiritual practice. The prevalence of monosyllabic words in the treatise originates in how the Cloud -author understands time...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2023) 53 (2): 261–285.
Published: 01 May 2023
...Rebecca Field The fourteenth-century contemplative manual The Cloud of Unknowing and the shorter texts attributed to its author explore an extreme form of apophatic spiritual encounter. In order to guide his disciples in this kind of practice, the anonymous Cloud -author adopts a classical theory...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2012) 42 (3): 699–724.
Published: 01 September 2012
..., Richard Rolle, as well as to materials from vernacular traditions — the keeping of spiritual diaries promoted by the Devotio Moderna and the English text of The Cloud of Unknowing . © 2012 by Duke University Press 2012 a Monasticism...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2018) 48 (2): 341–364.
Published: 01 May 2018
...- ture. In the words of Mikhail Bakhtin, the mystical language of revelation became the “authoritative discourse” of divine revelation in Reformation England Late medieval English mystics like Julian of Norwich, Margery of Kempe, and the author of the Cloud of Unknowing were in uenced...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2011) 41 (3): 663–665.
Published: 01 September 2011
... Feeling Time, Will, and Words: Vernacular Devotion in the Cloud of Unknowing  3 4 5  –  6 8 Jones, Ann Rosalind Ethnographer’s Sketch, Sensational Engraving, Full-­Length Portrait: Print Genres for Spanish America in Girolamo Benzoni, the De Brys, and Cesare Vecellio  137 – 71 Legassie...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2016) 46 (3): 629–651.
Published: 01 September 2016
... of Unknowing and, at times, Walter Hilton recommends.20 The contrast in Julian’s thought is made all the stronger by certain phrases she shares with these apophatic, earth- ­and body-­abandoning accounts of prayer, but while Hilton and the Cloud-­author move into a language of ascent, Julian turns...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2017) 47 (2): 221–253.
Published: 01 May 2017
... it is noughwhere wrought,” writes the anonymous author of the fourteenth-­century Cloud of Unknowing in praise of God.23 But well before the sustained use of “nought” in Middle English Creation stories and vernacular theology, the idea of nothing(ness) and the related concept of no one had provided...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2018) 48 (2): 301–340.
Published: 01 May 2018
... Riwle, The Mirror of St. Edmund, The Doctrine of the Heart, A Treatise of Privy Counselling, The Cloud of Unknowing, as well as a volume of Wycli te commentaries on the Gospels, and another of extracts from the Wycli te Bible The keen interest that Batman took in medi- eval religious writing...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2008) 38 (2): 253–283.
Published: 01 May 2008
.... 40 See Smart, Sources and Parallels, 24. 41 Augustine, On the Trinity, 10.6.8. See also Hilton, Scale, 2.30. 42 For a pointed late medieval critique of the dangers of reading spiritual language liter- ally, see The Cloud of Unknowing, in The Cloud of Unknowing and the Book of Privy...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2021) 51 (2): 193–214.
Published: 01 May 2021
... on the discernment of spirits, “A Tretis of Discrescyon of Spirites,” often attributed to the author of the Cloud of Unknowing . The treatise, existing in four fifteenth-century manuscript copies, is a Middle English translation of one of Bernard of Clairvaux's sermons, attesting to interest in the broader...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2022) 52 (3): 415–443.
Published: 01 September 2022
... English vernacular texts and its larger background, see A. J. Minnis, “The Cloud of Unknowing and Walter Hilton's Scale of Perfection ,” in Middle English Prose: A Critical Guide to Major Authors and Genres , ed. A. S. G. Edwards (New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1984), 61–81. 46...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2012) 42 (2): 333–363.
Published: 01 May 2012
... bemoan its inadequacies, most famously the author of the Cloud of Unknowing. There is a long tradition of language about God pointing to its own failings. In his Confessions, for instance, Augustine offers an extensive list of paradoxes about God that underscore God’s transcendence, affirming...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2002) 32 (1): 199–224.
Published: 01 January 2002
... facsimile with commentary on CD-Rom. $80.00. Johnston, William. The Mysticism of “The Cloud of Unknowing.” New York: Fordham University Press, 2000. xxii, 285 pp. $30.00, paper $17.00. Lake, Peter. The Boxmaker’s Revenge: “Orthodoxy,” “Heterodoxy,” and the Politics of the Parish in Early Stuart London...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2008) 38 (2): 229–252.
Published: 01 May 2008
... message would hardly be the most salient feature of the display. Numerous pamphlets detailing similar mayoral pageants in the sixteenth century document that spices were often tossed into the crowd.31 Exotica, however, were not the only scents used in these stagings. Clouds of “sulpherous...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2009) 39 (3): 571–595.
Published: 01 September 2009
... of the English Sermon,” in English Sermon Revised, ed. Ferrell and McCullough, 2. 43 Horton Davies, Like Angels from a Cloud: The English Metaphysical Preachers, 1588 – 16 45 (San Marino, Calif.: Huntington Library, 1986), 50. 44 Ibid., 115 – 16. 45 Herr, Elizabethan Sermon, 89. 46...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2003) 33 (1): 143–177.
Published: 01 January 2003
... and Impostors, that are still endeavouring to cloud and depress the true and substantial Philosophy: A shallow and Superficial Insight, wherein (as that Incomparable Person rightly observes) having made so many Atheists: whilst a profound and thorow Penetration into her Recesses...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2006) 36 (2): 397–453.
Published: 01 May 2006
... nuns at Cambrai (the most important site for the transmission of medieval English literary texts, includ- ing Julian of Norwich’s Revelations, The Cloud of Unknowing, and the works of Walter Hilton).115 The saint’s life, we have noted, was the genre that most molded Mary Ward’s life...