Engelthal was the name of a community near Nuremburg and the location of a 14th-century monastery. The nuns and chaplains who lived at the monastery of Engelthal were responsible for a collection of autobiographical and biographical texts during the 1300s. This work unveils these writings and examines the meanings contained within them. The author shows us how the production of medieval German original texts from one place remains unparalleled in the literary history of the Middle Ages. The works analyzed include autobiographies of two mystics, Adelheid Langmann and Christina Ebner, as well as biographies of three nuns and one chaplain, and one devotional text, the "Prayer of Adelheid Langmann". In this volume, the author inspects each text and then studies them as a corpus to determine what may be said of the spirituality that inspired the authors and subjects and helped to produce such an outpouring of mystical literature.
LEONARD P. HINDSLEY currently serves as Chair of the Department of Modern Languages at Providence College, where he holds the rank of Associate Professor of German. He is the author of Margaret Ebner: Major Works.