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This glossary section presents a list of key terms for mysticism from the 3rd to the 17th century cf. Cambridge Companion to Christian Mysticism, ed. by Amy Hollywood and Patricia Z. Beckman (Cambridge: 2012), the Lexikon des Mittelalters and the Oxford Dictionary of Religion. In the late Middle Ages, private devotion gained considerable importance not only in monastic, but also in semi-religious and even lay circles. Stemming from a more personalized view of religious life, this devotion emphasized individual emotion and spiritual fulfilment, and led monastic orders and the laity to develop the spiritual skills required to win eternal life.

Keywords: Christian mysticism; late Middle Ages; spiritual skills



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