Devotional Compilations Project

Late Medieval Religiosity In England: The Evidence of Late Fourteenth and Fifteenth Century Devotional Compilations

Denis Renevey (Project leader), Marleen Cré (Post-doc), Diana Denissen (Doctoral student)

The last decades have witnessed extensive developments in the field of late medieval religious literature in England. While initial interest was devoted to the writings of five mystical writers, including Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe, new perspectives have allowed the exploration of a far larger corpus. As a consequence, our understanding of late medieval culture in England has drastically changed. We are now much more aware of late medieval reading trends and practices and begin to understand late medieval sensibility in much more nuanced ways. An exploration of the corpus of devotional compilations will allow a more sophisticated understanding of authorial roles, reading practices and patronage among religious and secular individuals and communities. For more information on this project, please click here.