Nobility and Annihilation in Marguerite Porete's Mirror of Simple Souls (Suny Series in Western Esoteric Traditions) epub –

An In Depth Examination Of The Work Of This Important Medieval Woman Mystic

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  1. David Westling David Westling says:

    Marguerite Porete, a so called beguine who wandered France around the year 1300 proclaiming her idea of Christian spirituality to anyone who would listen was without a doubt one of the most compelling figures of her day Her writing style is nothing short of captivating, so simple and yet so difficult simple, because she speaks in an enrapturing vernacular unlike any of her contemporaries, clear and logical, yet transcendent of any strict adherence to rationalist paradigms difficult, because of what she asks of the reader Joanne Maguire Robinson s treatment of Porete s thought is clear if a bit chauvinistic, involving a female solidarity I believe misplaced An important feature in Porete s vision is her rejection of the intermediary of the Church in the soul s quest for redemption, concommittant with her rejection of the rule based path to same, a taking leave of the virtues As such, she is an early exemplar of antinomianism, the rejection of the internalized Law But her pathway to this noble goal is a forbidding one, involving what she terms the annihilation of the soul Not I live, but Christ lives in me is her touchstone Her unflinching exploration of the full set of implications of this simple idea constitutes her message Robinson ably takes us into the depths of the medieval soul in its quest for purification, leading us to understand the nature of the medieval idea of nobility as such, and then applying this notion to Porete s philosophy Paradox is unavoidable in Porete s vision She quests for the annihilation of her will, but desires to attain to a state of exaltation rarely achieved by the most kingly spirit Robinson shows us how this nobility born of abjectness functioned in the mind of the medieval believer This is the world of the uncreated soul , the soul as it existed before its early embodiment in its union with God This neoplatonic conception of the nature of soul and world was a guiding force in Western thought for centuries, and yet in Porete s simple and elegant formulation displeased many of the higher ranking members of the Church hierarchy to such an extent that Porete was burned at the stake for her beliefs in 1310.