Mother Juana de la Cruz, 1481-1534: Visionary Sermons

The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe - The Toronto Series , Vol. 47

Mother Juana de la Cruz, 1481-1534: Visionary Sermons

Edited by Jessica A. Boon and Ronald E. Surtz
2016 | 243 pp. | 978-0-86698-549-9 | Paperback 6 x 9 in
MRTS 494 | $39.95 | £29.95 |

OVEME v47. Edited by Jessica A. Boon and Ronald E. Surtz. Introductory material and notes by Jessica A. Boon. Translated by Ronald E. Surtz and Nora Weinerth.

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.


Reviews

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