Born in 1210 and descended from a noble family in Saxony, Mechtild
became a Béguine of Magdeburg in about 1230. Béguines
were women living an asutere life in community but not under
traditional vows. At the order of her confessor, she wrote down her
visions. Her work, written in a forceful and poetic style, deeply
influenced German mediaeval mysticism. She died on this day in 1280.
Mechtild, Béguine of Magdeburg, Mystic, 1280