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Marguerite Porete


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Margaret Porette (circa 1248/1250–1310) was a French-speaking mystic and the author of The Mirror of Simple Souls, a work of spirituality dealing with Divine Love. She was burned at the stake for heresy in Paris in 1310 after refusing to recant her views.

Edmund Colledge, O.S.A. (1910–1999), was a priest of the Augustinian Friars in England and professor emeritus, the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies in Toronto.

J. C. Marler is associate professor in the department of philosophy and the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and assistant Vatican film librarian at Saint Louis University.

Judith Grant is a senior research fellow at the University of Auckland and the author of La Passiun de seint Edmund.

Kent Emery, Jr. is Professor Emeritus in the Program of Liberal Studies at the University of Notre Dame.


“This translation succeeds in making this significant text accessible to the modern reader.” —Medium Aevum

“This translation of The Mirror of Simple Souls . . . has much to recommend it: clarity, rigorousness, and constant care to stay close to the French text.” —The Medieval Review

“The translation is the most readable to date, and is made more valuable by its textual notes.” —Anglican Theological Review

“Marguerite's Mirror, the only book we have by a medieval woman condemned for heresy, remains as fascinating and controversial as ever. Anyone with more than a passing interest in Christian spirituality will want to survey its giddy heights, and for the scholar of mysticism this . . . translation provides an invaluable guide.” —Canonical Counsel

“[A] welcome new translation of the mysterious French mystic Margaret (Marguerite) Porette’s (Porete) Mirror of Simple Souls.” —Mediaevistik

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