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Inwardness, Individualization, and Religious Agency in the Late Medieval Low Countries
Studies in The 'Devotio Moderna' and its Contexts

R. H. F. Hofman, J. Oosterman, P. J.A. Nissen, M. van Dijk, C. M. A. Caspers (eds.)
approx. 250 p., 9 b/w ill. + 8 colour ill., 3 b/w tables, 156 x 234 mm, 2020
ISBN: 978-2-503-58539-0
Languages: English
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A collection of essays on the Devotio Moderna and its contexts — the emergence of inwardness, individualization, and religious agency in the late medieval Low Countries and surrounding areas.

Recent scholarship on the Middle Ages has highlighted the importance of individualistic tendencies in devotion in both the lay world and religious communities. This interaction between individualization and religious agency has been scrutinized in numerous studies, focusing on the beginnings during the so-called ‘Twelfth-Century Renaissance’, and further development in the later medieval and early modern periods.

However, there has hitherto been relatively little scholarship on the phenomenon in the Devotio Moderna: the flourishing of more personalized forms of devotion in north-western Europe during the later Middle Ages. The essays in this volume redress this gap by exploring the processes of inwardness and the emergent individualization of religious practices in the late medieval Low Countries. The essays explore issues including the early impact of the printing press on devotion; meditational aids such as identification with Christ, prayer cycles, practices of remembrance, and devout songs; and the tension between inner devotion and the ideal of communal piety in male and female religious communities. They also discuss some leading individuals of the Devotio movement.

By addressing the Devotio Moderna and its contexts — the emergence of inwardness, individualization, and religious agency in the late medieval Low Countries and surrounding areas — the essays in this volume help to enhance and expand our knowledge of devotion in the late Middle Ages, both in lay circles and in religious communities, and they show the distinct contribution of the Low Countries to the European phenomenon of more personalized forms of devotion.

Rijcklof Hofman is editor of the Gerardi Magni Opera Omnia at the Titus Brandsma Instituut, Radboud University, Nijmegen (The Netherlands). He has edited this collection in collaboration with Charles Caspers, Peter Nissen (Radboud University, Nijmegen), Johan Oosterman (Radboud University, Nijmegen) and Mathilde van Dijk (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen).

Table of Contents


Rijcklof Hofman, Inwardness and Individualization in the Late Medieval Low Countries: An Introduction

Rob Faesen, Individualization and Personalization in Late Medieval Thought

Rijcklof Hofman, Geert Grotes Choice of a Religious Lifestyle Without Vows

Margarita Logutova, Ama nesciri: Thomas a Kempiss Autobiography Reconstructed from his Works

Nigel F. Palmer, Antiseusiana: Vita Christi and Passion Meditation before the Devotio Moderna

Koen Goudriaan, Modern Devotion and Arrangements for Commemoration: Some Observations

Anne Bollmann, Close Enough to Touch: Tension between Inner Devotion and Communal Piety in the Convents of Sisters of the Devotio Moderna

Thom Mertens & Dieuwke Van Der Poel, Individuality and Scripted Role in Devout Song and Prayer

Anna Dlabacová, Illustrated Incunabula as Material Objects: The Case of the Devout Hours on the Life and Passion of Jesus Christ


Interest Classification:
Religion (including History of Religion) & Theology
Christian devotion & forms of religious expression
Devotional literature (general)
Medieval & Renaissance History (c.400-1500)
Medieval European history (400-1500) : main subdisciplines
Religious history
Medieval European history (400-1500) : local & regional history
Low Countries
Medieval History (400-1500) : subperiods
Late Middle Ages (c.1300-1500)

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