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Title: Less is More
Subtitle: Fewer Assumptions to Better Understand the Arnhem Mystical Sermons and their Context
Author(s): SCHEPERS, Kees
Journal: Ons Geestelijk Erf
Volume: 87 Issue: 1-2 Date: 2016
The Arnhem Mystical Sermons have come to be known as an important testimony to the mystical and textual culture of the sixteenth-century mystical renaissance. In this contribution our extensive knowledge of the collection, as could be ascertained in recent years, has been assembled. The focus, however, is on what we do not yet know about the Arnhem sermons: we do not the precise composition of the group of women the sermons were addressed to, nor do we know who the author was, or at what occasion the texts might have been read or discussed. We cannot even be sure whether the author was a woman or a man. At the present time the collection of Arnhem Mystical Sermons constitutes a category-of-one: a collection of original sixteenth-century mystical sermons in Middle Dutch.