Devotio Moderna: Basic Writings
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This volume contains several works by the founder himself, Geert Grote, as well as representative lives of the Brothers and Sisters, translated for the first time from Latin and medieval Dutch. To illustrate the range of spiritual teaching these communities developed, Van Engen has chosen to translate works from several different genres: "sayings" that captured their religious insights, "statutes" that guided their collective lives, "exercises" that guided their individual lives, and "collations" or sermons that inspired their new devotion. Finally, Van Engen offers a modern translation of Gerard Zerbolt of Zutphen's Spirituality Ascensions as a kind of religious summation of the entire movement. Though little known today, it proved the single most widely read work inside the movement itself.