IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 616: Reforming Women: Impact of the Spirituality of Helfta Community after Arundel

Tuesday 7 July 2015, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, Shizuoka University
Organiser:Naoë Kukita Yoshikawa, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, Shizuoka University
Moderator/Chair:Laura Saetveit Miles, Institutt for Fremmedspråk, Universitet i Bergen
Paper 616-aMechtild of Hackeborn and Marian Devotion of Helfta Community
(Language: English)
Naoë Kukita Yoshikawa, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, Shizuoka University
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Language and Literature - Latin, Monasticism
Paper 616-bFragmentation and Reform: Mechtild of Hackeborn, a Revelation of Purgatory, and the Shaping of Late Medieval English Spirituality
(Language: English)
Liz Herbert McAvoy, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Research (MEMO), Swansea University
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Middle English, Monasticism
Paper 616-cAll Saints Together: Cecily Neville's Devotional Library
(Language: English)
Courtney Rydel, Department of English, Washington College
Index terms: Hagiography, Language and Literature - Middle English, Lay Piety
Abstract

Whilst scholars have addressed the role played by religious women’s visionary activities during periods of upheaval and reform in late medieval Europe, an impact that the spirituality of Helfta nuns had on early 15th-century spiritual reform and devotional practice in England has yet to be fully explored. This session primarily focuses on the Booke of Gostly Grace, the Middle English translation of Liber specialis gratiae, the revelations of Mechtild of Hackeborn, in the light that the Booke was translated into English to enforce the spirit of reform and ensure a new religious beginning after the trouble with Wycliffe and his followers.