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The Cloud of Unknowing

Edited by Patrick J Gallacher

The Cloud of Unknowing
Paperback, 143 pages £12.00
Published: 1997
ISBN: 9781879288898
Format: 254mm x 178mm
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Subjects: Literary Studies, Medieval Institute Publications, Medieval Studies
Series: TEAMS Middle English Texts Series

The Cloud of Unknowing describes the contemplative method centered around eliminating all noise and images from the mind, and in that encounter with nothingness, finding God. Meanwhile, despite the austerity of the content, the style of the author is warm and congenial and eminently readable. Patrick J. Gallacher further makes this text accessible to students and teachers by including a gloss, introduction, notes, and glossary. This text gives a great introduction to the ethos of mysticism in the middle ages.

Acknowledgments Introduction Select Bibliography The Cloud of Unknowing Notes Glossary

Patrick Joseph Gallacher was Professor Emeritus of Medieval Language and Literature in the Department of English at the University of New Mexico. He was author or editor of several books, as well as numerous reviews and path breaking articles. He was, for example, one of the first Chaucerian scholars to combine medieval medicine and literature in such articles as "Chaucer and the Rhetoric of the Body," "The Summoner's Tale and Medieval Attitudes Toward Sickness," and "Food, Laxatives, and Catharsis in Chaucer's Nun's Priest's Tale."

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 143 pages
 254mm x 178mm

BIC Code:
 Medieval Institute Publications


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