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 varied published variations of the Imitatio among its composition within the 15th century and 1650. through the Reformation interval, the e-book retained its acceptance with either Protestants and Catholics; except for the Bible it was once the main often revealed booklet of the 16th century.
In this pioneering examine, the notable toughness of the Imitatio throughout geographical, chronological, linguistic and confessional obstacles is explored. instead of attributing this enduring attractiveness to any specific caliber of universality, this examine means that its key advantage used to be its appropriation by means of varied curiosity teams. That such an it sounds as if Catholic and monastic paintings will be followed and tailored via either Protestant reformers and Catholic activists (including the Jesuits) poses exciting questions on our figuring out of Reformation and Counter Reformation theology and confessional politics.
This research specializes in the versions of the Imitatio revealed in English, French, German and Latin among the 1470s and 1650. It bargains an bold and accomplished survey of the method of translation and its influence and contribution to non secular tradition. In so doing it bargains a clean research of spirituality and devotion inside of their right overdue medieval and early glossy contexts. It additionally demonstrates that spirituality was once now not a peripheral size 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