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<i>The Secret Within: Hermits, Recluses, and Spiritual Outsiders in Medieval England</i> by Wolfgang Riehle (review)

The Secret Within: Hermits, Recluses, and Spiritual Outsiders in Medieval England by... Reviews 195 Riehle, Wolfgang, The Secret Within: Hermits, Recluses, and Spiritual Outsiders in Medieval England, trans. Charity Scott-Stokes, Ithaca, Cornell University Press, 2014; hardback; pp. xx, 427; 16 b/w illustrations; R.R.P. US$35.00; ISBN 9780801451096. In 2011, Wolfgang Riehle’s monograph Englische Mystik des Mittelalters was published (C. H. Beck). The Secret Within, translated into elegant English by Charity Scott-Stokes, is a modified version of this earlier book. Riehle’s focus is on mystical texts, and to this extent the original German title is more accurate than the new English one. Riehle has been publishing on medieval English mysticism for many decades, and in The Secret Within he engages not only with a wealth of scholars’ views from both English- and German-language scholarship (often in the rich and detailed endnotes), but also with his own earlier assessments (for example, in his view that his earlier research had dismissed Margery Kempe too quickly). On one level, the book is a chronological study of mystical texts produced in England between the twelfth and fifteenth centuries. Familiar texts are studied: Ancrene Wisse (dated here to the late twelfth century, and seen as a text promoting many Cistercian themes), Richard Rolle’s writings (practically all of them, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Parergon Australian & New Zealand Association of Medieval & Early Modern Studies, Inc. (ANAZAMEMS, Inc.)

<i>The Secret Within: Hermits, Recluses, and Spiritual Outsiders in Medieval England</i> by Wolfgang Riehle (review)

Parergon , Volume 35 (1) – Jun 29, 2018

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Reviews 195 Riehle, Wolfgang, The Secret Within: Hermits, Recluses, and Spiritual Outsiders in Medieval England, trans. Charity Scott-Stokes, Ithaca, Cornell University Press, 2014; hardback; pp. xx, 427; 16 b/w illustrations; R.R.P. US$35.00; ISBN 9780801451096. In 2011, Wolfgang Riehle’s monograph Englische Mystik des Mittelalters was published (C. H. Beck). The Secret Within, translated into elegant English by Charity Scott-Stokes, is a modified version of this earlier book. Riehle’s focus is on mystical texts, and to this extent the original German title is more accurate than the new English one. Riehle has been publishing on medieval English mysticism for many decades, and in The Secret Within he engages not only with a wealth of scholars’ views from both English- and German-language scholarship (often in the rich and detailed endnotes), but also with his own earlier assessments (for example, in his view that his earlier research had dismissed Margery Kempe too quickly). On one level, the book is a chronological study of mystical texts produced in England between the twelfth and fifteenth centuries. Familiar texts are studied: Ancrene Wisse (dated here to the late twelfth century, and seen as a text promoting many Cistercian themes), Richard Rolle’s writings (practically all of them,

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ParergonAustralian & New Zealand Association of Medieval & Early Modern Studies, Inc. (ANAZAMEMS, Inc.)

Published: Jun 29, 2018

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