Macmillan, Sarah M. (2010)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.
The five texts contained in Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Douce 114 (c. 1420-50) are seminal to understanding the centrality of asceticism in medieval English devotional literature. This thesis addresses the ways in which Douce 114 can be comprehended as a ‘whole book’ and as such outlines a transformation from extreme bodily mortification (in its first text) to the mortification of mind (in its last). It suggests that the manuscript was envisioned as a spiritual tool, its contents designed to be read in order, and that the central theme of asceticism is a hermeneutical device which guides the (Carthusian) reader’s spiritual development.
|Type of Work:||Ph.D. thesis.|
|School/Faculty:||Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law|
|Department:||Department of English|
There are no illustrations available in the digital version of this thesis. They are available in the printed version held in the Library.
|Subjects:||Z004 Books. Writing. Paleography|
D History (General)
|Institution:||University of Birmingham|
|Library Catalogue:||Check for printed version of this thesis|
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