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4. Transmission and Impact: Mechthild of Magdeburg’s Das fließende Licht der Gottheit

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The book bearing the title Das fließende Licht der Gottheit ("The Flowing Light of the Godhead") survives in its complete form in one 14th century manuscript. In this manuscript (ms. E), the writing is attributed to a "certain beguine", who is said to have begun writing in 1250, and who is referred to later in the book as Sister Mechthild. This chapter discusses the transmission of the German fragments of Mechthild in the late 15th century, in order to demonstrate how this type of transmission works, and what it might indicate about the impact of Mechthild's book on medieval devotional culture. It explores the fate of one chapter of Mechthild's book as it appears in a set of southern German compilation manuscripts that date to the 14th and 15th centuries, for this pattern of transmission seems to be typical for the circulation of mystical texts of this type.

Keywords: 14th century manuscript; Das fließende Licht der Gottheit; German fragments; medieval devotional culture; Sister Mechthild



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