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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2018) 48 (2): 341–364.
Published: 01 May 2018
...David J. Davis This essay reconsiders the place of divine revelation in late medieval and early modern England. It explores the language of ravishment and divine “raptus” as a ritualized discourse to describe divine revelation present in mystical texts, by figures like Julian of Norwich and Walter...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2022) 52 (3): 503–531.
Published: 01 September 2022
...Jason Crawford Early modern English literary culture was thick with tales of divine judgment. Texts ranging from true-crime pamphlets to Thomas Beard's vast collection The Theatre of God's Judgements (1597) promised to disclose God's work in history, and they found signs of that work in stories...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2021) 51 (2): 193–214.
Published: 01 May 2021
...Anna Kelner Julian of Norwich intervened in the clerical discourses surrounding the discernment of spirits (Latin discretio spirituum ), a method for observing differences between divine and diabolical causes of visionary experience. During the late Middle Ages in Europe, churchmen used methods...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2022) 52 (1): 119–145.
Published: 01 January 2022
...William Rhodes Lists can suggest both a complete written account and the open-ended accumulation of terms. In this, their frequent appearance in apocalyptic texts formally mirrors apocalypticism's combination of divinely created order and the chaotic description of catastrophic events. Medieval...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2010) 40 (3): 559–592.
Published: 01 September 2010
... in terms of the questions they provoked about the meaning of life and the nature of death, and about the divine economy of rewards and punishments. This essay places mortalist thinking in relation to competing historiographical narratives of Reformation and secularization in early modern England, paying...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2011) 41 (2): 345–368.
Published: 01 May 2011
... as being “atomic.” Into the “atoms” of time the contemplative must fit his will in the work of contemplation, so that each atom of time contains an atom of will. The enfolding of will into time is meant to approximate divine eternity, and, thus, produce a feeling of God. The tool that the Cloud -author...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2012) 42 (1): 1–12.
Published: 01 January 2012
.... Even if the pagan discourse of virtue had been adopted by Christianity in its earliest centuries, both medieval and early modern European thinkers continued to wrestle with the interface between divine formation and social formation and their implications for the character of human moral agency. ©...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2012) 42 (1): 13–33.
Published: 01 January 2012
..., that brings a person to the God who has established God as the beatifying end of the human person; and, the virtues that are most conducive to that life with God are, radically, the gift of God, due to divine initiative. Although less immediately obvious, Aquinas’s virtue ethics is also thoroughly...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2013) 43 (1): 99–120.
Published: 01 January 2013
...Donovan Sherman This essay reads Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice as a manifestation of early modern England’s anxiety over the soul. As something both essential and unrepresentable, the soul existed in the popular imagination as potentially monstrous or divine, distanced from both the body...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2020) 50 (1): 75–94.
Published: 01 January 2020
... of conversion and reconversion, particularly in England. The article also shows how Teresa’s own protracted and intensive effort to validate her spiritual visions had the effect of both publicizing and authorizing herself as an authentic witness to the divine in the face of an oppositional, tradition-defending...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2020) 50 (2): 269–291.
Published: 01 May 2020
... distinguisher that is consistently employed to denigrate idols and idolators. Pagan antagonists are systematically identified as nonagential and material; by contrast, the saints communicate divine truth unimpeded and resist attempts to disrupt their highly integrated performances. The category of sentience...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2023) 53 (1): 55–85.
Published: 01 January 2023
...Polly Ha Puritan and conformist divines both sought to “own the Hebrew doctors” just as they had appealed to patristic sources in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. The puritan Walter Travers drew upon the rabbinic commentary of Abraham Ibn Ezra to argue for the refashioning...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2023) 53 (2): 379–404.
Published: 01 May 2023
... of the Crucifixion: reading the Passion “with due attention” reveals through its carnality an eternal message of divine love and integrates it within a broader pattern of scriptural reading. Andrewes's openness to the roles of mental and ocular sight in worship commits him to explaining how outward surfaces reveal...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2023) 53 (2): 261–285.
Published: 01 May 2023
... of the divine. rf429@cam.ac.uk Copyright © 2023 by Duke University Press 2023 The Cloud of Unknowing meditation rhetoric contemplative pedagogy apophatic spirituality In a much-quoted passage from Émile, ou De l'education , Jean-Jacques Rousseau proposes a traditional three-part model...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2014) 44 (3): 457–467.
Published: 01 September 2014
... in the culture of the sacred object. Critical approaches to the status of religious objects across the period have often reflected this narrative of rupture: before the Reformations, belief that the divine inhered in the material world, and after the Reformations, concern about idolatry; before the Reformations...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2014) 44 (3): 585–615.
Published: 01 September 2014
... and divine body on the cross. Through an ecocritical study of the chapel’s healing fountain and its double-sided jubé, this essay examines the persistence of the natural within the sacred. © 2014 by Duke University Press 2014 a Water and Wood...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2015) 45 (2): 287–321.
Published: 01 May 2015
... the ways in which ideas, when inscribed in letters, are necessarily grounded in physical reality. Although the rebus is usually considered a light and popular form, its playful mixture of ideas and things is also used to negotiate sacred meaning, and even to embody the divine. This essay explores...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2015) 45 (2): 323–342.
Published: 01 May 2015
...Alastair Minnis On July 1, 1555, John Bradford was burned at Smithfield, one of the Protestant divines executed during the reign of Mary Tudor. Shortly before his death he wrote a treatise entitled The Restoration of All Things to counsel a devout woman of his circle. This expounds Romans 8:21–22...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2024) 54 (1): 57–87.
Published: 01 January 2024
... between metoposcopy, focused on the upper part of the head, and contemporary views of human intellectual faculties that granted this science special significance. amaggi@uchicago.edu Copyright © 2024 by Duke University Press 2024 Girolamo Cardano early modern metoposcopy divination human...
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Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2011) 41 (2): 317–343.
Published: 01 May 2011
... to the divine.6 Nicholas Watson elaborates on the heterogeneity of mystical texts and the inextricability of vernacular theology with cultural, political, and lit- erary currents. Another remedy entails showing how the frequent invocation of the body within a narrative framework is a cross-­literary...