By Stephen Mossman
This can be a research of the highbrow heritage and spiritual tradition of German-speaking Europe within the past due heart a long time. Its concentration is the bilingual oeuvre of the Franciscan friar Marquard von Lindau (d. 1392), arguably the main widely-read writer within the German language sooner than the Reformation. His so much winning works have been these during which he thought of pragmatic problems with Christian existence, aimed toward a large interpreting public that stretched from priests and nuns residing the contemplative lifestyles in enclosed convents; to his confreres, newcomers and scholars within the mendicant orders; and the literate voters of the burgeoning mercantile facilities. it's 3 of those pragmatic matters, important to overdue medieval non secular existence, round which this ebook is based: the fervour of Christ, the sacrament of the Eucharist, and the devotion to the Virgin Mary. The dominant ways taken in the direction of every one of those within the fourteenth-century church represented problematical demanding situations to Marquard; demanding situations which he met in a particular and influential demeanour, certainly not in response to the affectively-charged devotional practices inspired via many inside of and with out his order, and so usually thought of normative for past due medieval spiritual tradition. the unique voice with which Marquard spoke is made transparent during the place of his oeuvre in the pan-European context of the debates within which his works take part. The ethos his works projected redetermined the trajectory of highbrow existence in Germany into the 15th century and past.