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The Cambridge Companion to Medieval English Mysticism (Cambridge Companions to Literature) Kindle Edition
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It divides the subject into five periods, each of which is covered by two chapters, one on culture and history, and the second entitled "texts". The culture and history chapters each presents an overall picture of the developments that took place in the relevant period, and covers the significant historical figures. These chapters are all of a high standard, and pretty much everyone will find new knowledge and/or understanding.
The "texts" chapters then discuss the more important texts written in the period, with, occasionally, brief extracts from the texts. But since the overview chapters have already mentioned these authors and their importance, there is in consequence a good deal of overlap, and not a great deal of direct interraction with the texts, or not as much as one needs to get a feel for the texts. It would have been better to have our attention drawn to the texts in the overview chapters, and use the intervening chapters to provide us with a number of extracts from the most significant texts. That would, at least in my opinion, given us a direct insight into the most important texts. As it is we never get the opportunity to make our own minds up, or get contact with the writings themselves, and that is a definite loss.
So this is a useful book, but one which could have been more directly informative.
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