By Maximilian Von Habsburg
The Imitatio Christi is taken into account one of many vintage texts of Western spirituality. there have been 800 manuscript copies and greater than 740 various revealed variants of the Imitatio among its composition within the 15th century and 1650. throughout the Reformation interval, the ebook retained its attractiveness with either Protestants and Catholics; apart from the Bible it was once the main usually revealed publication of the 16th century.
In this pioneering research, the outstanding sturdiness of the Imitatio throughout geographical, chronological, linguistic and confessional barriers is explored. instead of attributing this enduring acceptance to any specific caliber of universality, this examine means that its key advantage used to be its appropriation by means of diverse curiosity teams. That such an it seems that Catholic and monastic paintings should be followed and tailored via either Protestant reformers and Catholic activists (including the Jesuits) poses fascinating questions on our knowing of Reformation and Counter Reformation theology and confessional politics.
This learn specializes in the variations of the Imitatio revealed in English, French, German and Latin among the 1470s and 1650. It bargains an formidable and entire survey of the method of translation and its effect and contribution to spiritual tradition. In so doing it bargains a clean research of spirituality and devotion inside their right past due medieval and early glossy contexts. It additionally demonstrates that spirituality was once no longer a peripheral measurement of faith, yet continues to be on the very middle of either Catholic and Protestant self-perception and identity.
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Catholic and Protestant Translations of the Imitatio Christi, 1425–1650: From Late Medieval Classic to Early Modern Bestseller (St Andrews Studies in Reformation History) by Maximilian Von Habsburg