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Author Watson, Nicholas, author

Title Richard Rolle and the invention of authority / Nicholas Watson
Published Cambridge Cambridge University Press 1992
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 358 pages)
Series Cambridge studies in medieval literature ; 13
Cambridge studies in medieval literature ; 13
Summary This 1991 book is a literary study of the career of Richard Rolle (d.1349), a Yorkshire hermit and mystic who was one of the most widely read English writers of the late Middle Ages. Nicholas Watson proposes a chronology of Rolle's writings, and offers a literary analyses of a number of his works. He shows how Rolle's career, as a writer of passionate religious works in Latin and later in English, has as its principal focus the establishment of his own spiritual authority. The book also addresses wider issues, suggesting an alternative way of looking at mystical writing in general and challenging the prevailing view of the relationship between medieval and renaissance attitudes to authors and authority
Notes Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 05 Oct 2015)
Subject Rolle, Richard, 1290?-1349 -- Authorship.
Christian literature, Latin (Medieval and modern) -- England -- History and criticism.
Mysticism -- England -- History -- Middle Ages, 600-1500.
Invention (Rhetoric) -- History -- To 1500.
Devotional literature, English (Middle) -- History and criticism.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780511597565