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The Cloud of Unknowing and Related Tracts

Wolfgang Riehle

in The Secret Within: Hermits, Recluses, and Spiritual Outsiders in Medieval England

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451096
eISBN:
9780801470936
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451096.003.0007
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter examines The Cloud of Unknowing and the texts related to it. The Cloud of Unknowing, attributed to a late fourteenth-century young author, continues the English apophatic tradition. ... More


The Mysticism of the Cloud of Unknowing

William Johnston

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823220748
eISBN:
9780823236824
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823220748.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Theology

“The Cloud of Unknowing” was the work of an unknown 14th-century English writer with a powerful message of God's unconditional love in the face of despair. This book's theological treatment of this ... More


Fantasy and Language in The Cloud of Unknowing *

J.A. Burrow

in Essays on Medieval Literature

Published in print:
1984
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198111870
eISBN:
9780191670657
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198111870.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter discusses a certain passage in The Cloud of Unknowing, which asserts that the disordered imagination feeds the mind with ‘fantasies’ that can be physical or spiritual. This literary work ... More


Walter Hilton: England’s Mystic Theologian

Wolfgang Riehle

in The Secret Within: Hermits, Recluses, and Spiritual Outsiders in Medieval England

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451096
eISBN:
9780801470936
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451096.003.0008
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter focuses on Walter Hilton, England's mystic theologian. Walter Hilton is regarded as the actual theologian of English mysticism. His intellectual and literary activity belongs to the last ... More


Types of Meditation

Halvor Eifring

in Asian Traditions of Meditation

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780824855680
eISBN:
9780824873028
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824855680.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This essay distinguishes between directive meditation, which seeks to bring about inner transformation by means of outside-in processes, and non-directive meditation, which builds on inside-out ... More


Introduction

William Johnston

in The Mysticism of the Cloud of Unknowing

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823220748
eISBN:
9780823236824
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823220748.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This chapter provides a background to the works of the anonymous English author of The Cloud of Unknowing. This man belongs to a mystical trend known as “apophatic” because of its tendency to ... More


Richard of St Victor

Lydia Schumacher

in The History of Scottish Theology, Volume I: Celtic Origins to Reformed Orthodoxy

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
October 2019
ISBN:
9780198759331
eISBN:
9780191819889
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198759331.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity, Theology

Although under-researched by comparison to his earlier contemporary, Hugh, Richard of St Victor’s work in spirituality and theology was highly innovative in its own day. Richard was the first to ... More


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