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This section presents a list of photographs. The photographs include: mystical transmission: gothic brass fountain at the convent of Lüne, foregrounding the region: Northern Germany on the Ebstorf Map, liturgy and mysticism: adoration of the host from the convent of Wienhausen and translating mysticism: an early German print of Mechthild of Hackeborn. The book starts with Mechthild of Magdeburg, Mechthild of Hackeborn and Gertrude of Helfta, before turning to the later anonymous devotional writing that feeds off and engages with the mystical tradition. What emerges clearly is the substantial and vibrant nature of the texts produced by communities of women, such as the nuns in the Lüneburg convents, who write learnedly in Latin and fervently in Low German.

Keywords: Ebstorf Map; Lüneburg convents; Magdeburg; mysticism



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