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Title: Richard Methley's Latin Translations
Subtitle: The Cloud of Unknowing and Porete's The Mirror of Simple Souls
Author(s): HOGG, James
Journal: Studies in Spirituality
Volume: 12    Date: 2000   
Pages: 82-104
DOI: 10.2143/SIS.12.0.505292

Abstract :
The article examines Richard Methley's translations of The Cloud of Unknowing
and Margaret Porete's The Mirror of Simple Souls in the context of Methley's spiritual writings as a whole. In neither case could the manuscript utilized for the translation be identified. Methley, a Carthusian of Mount Grace, who according to his own statement never studied at a university, displays a highly competent Latinity and glossed both texts extensively. It seems unlikely that be was not aware that Margaret Porete's work had been condemned as hereticaL A fellow Carthusian, James Grenehalgh, an expert on mystical literature, glossed Methley's translations in turn, which have survived in a single manuscript, copied by the Carthusian William Darker.

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