Catholic and Protestant Translations of the Imitatio by Maximilian Von Habsburg

By Maximilian Von Habsburg

The Imitatio Christi is taken into account one of many vintage texts of Western spirituality. there have been 800 manuscript copies and greater than 740 various revealed variations of the Imitatio among its composition within the 15th century and 1650. in the course of the Reformation interval, the ebook retained its attractiveness with either Protestants and Catholics; apart from the Bible it was once the main usually published publication of the 16th century.

In this pioneering research, the extraordinary toughness of the Imitatio throughout geographical, chronological, linguistic and confessional barriers is explored. instead of attributing this enduring acceptance to any specific caliber of universality, this research means that its key advantage used to be its appropriation through assorted curiosity teams. That such an it seems that Catholic and monastic paintings should be followed and tailored by way of either Protestant reformers and Catholic activists (including the Jesuits) poses fascinating questions on our realizing of Reformation and Counter Reformation theology and confessional politics.

This research makes a speciality of the variations of the Imitatio published in English, French, German and Latin among the 1470s and 1650. It deals an formidable and accomplished survey of the method of translation and its effect and contribution to non secular tradition. In so doing it bargains a clean research of spirituality and devotion inside of their right overdue medieval and early smooth contexts. It additionally demonstrates that spirituality used to be now not a peripheral size of faith, yet continues to be on the very center of either Catholic and Protestant self-perception and identity.

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