Lecture Eight Mysticism in Early Modern Europe

Scope: Lecture Eight concludes our examination of mysticism. It focuses on the nature of mysticism in early modern Europe and its evolution as a response to the dual impact of the Reformation and the Counter-Reformation. The lecture also examines case studies of the two greatest Spanish mystics of the sixteenth century, Saint Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross, and explores the relationship between their mystical writings and the imperial policies of Spain. The lecture concludes with a summation of what mysticism meant for European society and for the Christian Church in a period of rapid upheavals.

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