This the first literary study of Richard Rolle (d. 1349), one of theomost widely-read English writers of the late middle ages.
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.
Table of Contents
List of abbreviations
Introduction: contexts: three preliminary essays
Part I: 1. Interpreting Rolle's life
2. The structure of Rolle's thought
Part II: 3. Active life: Judica Me as
4. Contemplative life: 1) 'Seeing into heaven':
commentaries and Canticum Amoris
Part III: 5. Contemplative life 2) Fervor:
6. Contemplative life 3) Dulcor: Super Psalmum
Vicesimum, Super Canticum, Canticorum, Contra
7. Contemplative life
4) Canor: Melos Amoris Part IV: 8. 'Mixed'
life 1): Super Lectiones Mortuorum and
9. 'Mixed' life 2): the English works Epilogue:
Rolle as a late medieval Auctor Excursus I: The
chronology of Rolle's writings Excursus II:
Rolle's reading and the reliability of the
Bibliography of manuscripts and works cited.