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›Paulus und Thekla II‹ oder ›Die guldin regel‹ – (Pseudo-)Biographie eines Beichtigers

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This article deals with a dialogue tract, surviving in one manuscript from 1469, that teaches a female penitent seven golden rules of exemplary piety; a contemporary short version of them is published here. The catechetic programme of the tract is embedded in the biography of a prototypical Dominican father confessor and makes use of the apocryphal legend of Saint Paul and Thecla as a biographical model. The anonymous author also bases his text on a certain type of mystical autobiography and, possibly, the Legend of Meister Eckhart’s Daughter. Much as the text appears to allude to real figures of the Dominican Order, its historical truth cannot be confirmed.

Published Online: 2014-11-24
Published in Print: 2014-11-1

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