'Some sprytuall matter of gostly edyfycacion’: Readers and Readings of Nicholas Love’s Mirror of the Blessed Life of Jesus Christ

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Perry, Ryan M M (2013)

The author looks at a sample of manuscripts containing this widely copied religious text from the early fifteenth century and questions the power of the author to truly control the readers' experience of the Mirror. The essay looks at varieties of annotation and other markings in manuscripts, from copies in private ownership to those in institutional settings. The essay is able to reveal how the Mirror was used in Syon abbey as part of the liturgical cycle in the Brigittine house, and by female readers in wealthy secular households. The essay explores the idea of how free the reader of meditative literature might be, or how far an author can impose structures for devotional practice upon actual audiences.
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