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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the book A Companion to John of Ruusbroec. The book contains an overview of the mystical literature of the Low Countries before Ruusbroec, and provides a brief historical sketch of Ruusbroec's life and works, synthesizing and summarizing the relevant information contained in the various volumes of the new critical edition. The book describes the circulation and transmission of Ruusbroec's texts, and discusses the mystical-theological content of Ruusbroec's work. It provides an exhaustive overview of Ruusbroec research since the 19th century.

Keywords: common life; Holy Spirit; John of Ruusbroec; Low Countries; mystical literature



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