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A Study of Wisdom: Three Tracts by the Author of The Cloud of Unknowing

Author: The Author of The Cloud of Unknowing

Translator: Clifton Wolters

The unknown fourteenth-century author of ‘The Cloud of Unknowing’, a book which provides advice on seeking closeness to God through prayer and meditation, and of ‘The Book of Privy Counselling’, is also believed to be responsible for several other spiritual treatises and translations, including ‘Hid Divinity’, ‘An Epistle of Prayer’, ‘An Epistle of Discretion of Stirrings’, ‘An Epistle of Discretion of Spirits’, and ‘The Study of Wisdom’.

CLIFTON WOLTERS (1901-1991) was highly regarded for his scholarship in the field of medieval manuscripts and for his translations of The Cloud of Unknowing and Other Works, Julian of Norwich’s Revelations of Divine Love and Richard Rolle’s The Fire of Love.

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In these three tracts by the unknown fourteenth-century author of ‘The Cloud of Unknowing’, the conditions necessary for prayer are explored. The first tract, ‘Benjamin’, uses the image of the sons of Jacob in the Old Testament to trace the development of the virtues which lead to contemplation. The second tract, ‘The Discernment of Stirrings’, advises a young enquirer on the right use of these virtues. The third, ‘The Discerning of Spirits’, distinguishes external and interior evil and provides guidance for overcoming evil in both forms.


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