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Mother Juana de la Cruz, 1481–1534

Visionary Sermons

Juana de la Cruz (1481–1534) is a unique figure in the history of the Catholic Church, thanks to her public visionary experiences during which she lost consciousness, while a deep voice, identifying itself as Christ, issued from her, narrating the feasts and pageants taking place in heaven. Juana’s so called “sermons,” collected in a manuscript called Libro del Conorte, form a fascinating window into Castilian religiosity in the early sixteenth century. There is much to reap from these sermons concerning Spanish Renaissance culture, theology, mysticism, gender roles, and interreligious interactions.

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"This superb edition presents to English-readers the extraordinary Mother Juana de la Cruz, whose visionary sermons and ecstatic 'body language' fascinated Spaniards from villagers to Charles V. Ronald Surtz and Nora Weinerth provide masterful translations of Juana’s transcribed sermons and Jessica Boon contributes an insightful introduction to the mystic’s life, religious milieu, and theological discourse. This book will be of great interest to scholars and students of religion, gender, and materiality in Spain at the dawn of its Golden Age."

Jodi Bilinkoff, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xi
Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction 1
Preface to the Translation 34
Prologue 35
Sermon 1: Incarnation
Introduction 37
Translation 40
Sermon 2: Nativity of Jesus
Introduction 67
Translation 71
Sermon 13: Losing Jesus in Jerusalem
Introduction 101
Translation 104
Sermon 19: Good Friday
Introduction 125
Translation 129
Sermon 20: Resurrection
Introduction 151
Translation 154
Sermon 22: Exaltation of the Holy Cross
Introduction 183
Translation 186
Postscript by the Translator 215
Bibliography 221
Index 235

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