The Evangelical Pearl: The Last Masterpiece of Medieval Female Mysticism
Paper given by Bernard McGinn
Delivered at Radboud Universiteit, Nijmegen
The heritage of Dutch mysticism speaks to universal Christianity. It’s not as well known, unfortunately, as it might be, in non-Dutch-speaking realms. This paper explores the writings of the anonymous, 16th-century female author of The Evangelical Pearl. Written in the Dutch vernacular and first published in 1537, the work proved to be a popular and influential one.
Bernard McGinn is the Naomi Shenstone Donnelley Professor Emeritus of Historical Theology and of the History of Christianity in the Divinity School at the University of Chicago.