The Mirror and the Rose: Marguerite Porete’s Encounter with the Dieu dAmours

  • Barbara Newman
Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)


Several years ago I proposed the new term mystique courtoise to categorize an array of vernacular mystical texts from the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, especially but not solely those written by béguines.1 The concept of mystique courtoise is meant to distinguish traditional forms of spiritual writing that drew on the lush imagery of the Song of Songs to characterize divine love, as Christian mystics had done ever since Origen, from a newer literary/religious mode that self-consciously inflected this tradition with the vernacular language of fine amour, adapted from secular lyrics and romances.


Vernacular Language Divine Love Medieval Literature Divine Foreknowledge Courtly Lover 
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  1. 16.
    Peter Dronke, Medieval Latin and the Rise of European Love-Lyric (Oxford: Clarendon, 1965), 1:62.Google Scholar
  2. 27.
    Bernard McGinn, The Flowering of Mysticism: Men and Women in the New Mysticism (1200–1350) (NewYork: Crossroad, 1998), p. 247.Google Scholar

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© Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski, Duncan Robertson, and Nancy Bradley Warren 2002

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