The Cloud of Unknowing and Other Works (Penguin Classics)

The Cloud of Unknowing and Other Works (Penguin Classics)


within the fourteenth century there has been an exceptional flourishing of spiritual writings in English, either orthodox and heretical. lots of those works fascinated about Christ's ardour and humanity, while The Cloud of Unknowing describes an summary, transcendent God past human wisdom and human language. Drawing upon appreciably various traditions, it's a wealthy paintings packed with fascinating contradictions that speaks to us with liveliness and wit even at the present time. The unknown writer, regarded as a clergyman and Carthusian monk, is additionally believed to have written the opposite 3 works during this quantity: The Mystical Theology of Saint Denis, The ebook of Privy Counselling, and An Epistle on Prayer, which, including The Cloud of Unknowing, are the 4 texts on the middle of medieval mystical theology.

This Penguin Classics variation contains complete explanatory notes, feedback for additional interpreting, an appendix that reproduces the center English textual content of a bit of The Mystical Theology of Saint Denis, and an creation that locations the texts in the context of medieval spiritual writing.

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