Mechthild of Magdeburg

(c. 1207—1282)

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author of a book of mystical revelations. Of noble Saxon family, she became a Beguine at Magdeburg. The various books of her visions, entitled Das fliessende Licht der Gottheit (‘The Flowing Light of the Godhead’), were written down between c.1250 and 1282; they contain dialogues with the Lord, bridal mysticism, and trinitarian theology and eschatology. About 1270 she joined the community of Cistercian nuns at Helfta, where she made contact with St Mechthild of Hackenborn (with whom she has often been confused) and with St Gertrude the Great. In CW, feast day, 19 Nov.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500) — Christianity.

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