19 November
Mechtild, Béguine of Magdeburg, Mystic, 1280

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.


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