The Cloud of Unknowing and Other Works

The Cloud of Unknowing and Other Works


Translator: A. C. Spearing

Format
Paperback
Price
$13.00
 
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140447620
  • 208 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult

Overview

In the fourteenth century there was a great flourishing of religious writings in English, both orthodox and heretical. Many of these works focused on Christ’s Passion and humanity, whereas The Cloud of Unknowing describes an abstract, transcendent God beyond human knowledge and human language. Drawing upon radically different traditions, it is a rich work full of intriguing contradictions that speaks to us with liveliness and wit even today. The unknown author, thought to be a priest and Carthusian monk, is also believed to have written the other three works in this volume: The Mystical Theology of Saint Denis, The Book of Privy Counselling, and An Epistle on Prayer, which, together with The Cloud of Unknowing, are the four texts at the core of medieval mystical theology.

This Penguin Classics edition includes full explanatory notes, suggestions for further reading, an appendix that reproduces the Middle English text of a section of The Mystical Theology of Saint Denis, and an introduction that places the texts within the context of medieval religious writing.
The Cloud of Unknowing and Other Works

The Cloud of Unknowing and Other Works

Anonymous, Translator: A. C. Spearing

Series

Classic, Modern, Penguin
The Castle of Otranto
Horace Walpole
Michael Gamer

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Further Reading
Note on the Text

The Mystical Theology of St. Denis
The Cloud of Unknowing
The Book of Privy Counselling
An Epistle on Prayer

Notes
Appendix: Middle English text of The Mystical Theology of St. Denis, chapter 2

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