The medieval mystical tradition in England, Ireland, and by Marion Glasscoe

By Marion Glasscoe

Contemplative lifestyles within the heart a long time has been the point of interest of a lot fresh serious recognition. The Symposium papers accrued during this quantity remove darkness from the paranormal culture via exam of written texts and fabric tradition within the medieval interval. a selected concentration is on Celtic modes of witnessing to comtemplative imaginative and prescient from eire and Wales: an eighth-century account of voyages to wonders past the identified global of Irish monasticism, and the paintings of Christian bards in medieval Wales. differences in the mystical culture in England also are explored either inside of differing spiritual Orders and bewtween contributors engaged with the contemplative existence. Dr MARION GLASSCOE teaches within the institution of English and American reviews on the collage of Exeter. participants: THOMAS O'LOUGHLIN, OLIVER DAVIES, R. IESTYN DANIEL, RUTH SMITH, VALERIE EDDEN, DENISE N. BAKER, DENIS RENEVEY, E.A. JONES, RICHARD LAWES, NAOE KUKITA YOSHIKAWA, C. ANNETTE GRISE, JAMES HOGG

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8 There is an account of these various reconstructions and of the rationality underlying them in Wooding, op. , in n. 4. M. Wooding and K. M. , The Otherworld Voyage in Early Irish Literature and History: An Anthology of Criticism (Dublin, 1998). 10 Summarised in Wooding, 'St Brendan's Boat', op. , in n. 4. 11 An account of Renan's views on the text can be found in Esposito, op. , in n. 6. 12 Cf. L. Gougard, Les saints irlandais hors d'Irlande (Louvain, 1936), pp. 910 and 18991. F. Kenney, 'The Legend of St Brendan', Transactions of the Royal Society of Canada xiv (1920), pp.

Hunter eds, Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium xiii (Harvard, 1995), pp. 6681. 20 Cf. M. Pearson, 'Merton and the Celtic Monastic Tradition', Merton Annual v (1992), pp. 26377. 21 Cf. Wooding, 'St Brendan's Boat', op. , in n. 4. 22 Moreover, the form gave his larger picture a coherent structure without having to adapt (footnote continued on next page) Page 4 2 The Problem of Allegory However, reading the Nauigatio as allegory raises a fundamental question of method: how can we have any certitude that such a reading is anything more than our imposition on the text?

Carney's review of Selmer's edition of the Nauigatio in Medium Aevum xxxii (1963), pp. 3744 at p. N. Dumville, 'Two approaches to the dating of "Nauigatio Sancti Brendani" ', Studi Medievali xxix (1988), pp. 87102. 3The Voyage of Máel Dúin: A Study in Early Irish Voyage Literature, ed. and trans. A. Oskamp (Groningen, 1970). The relationship between these texts has been disputed; in holding for the priority of the Nauigatio I am following the most generally held position, cf. Carney, Medium Aevum xxxii, p.

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