The English Spiritual Tradition A:
The Medieval Period


Rev. Prof. Austin Cooper OMI AM
Semester 2, 2020
Thursday 10.00am – 1.00pm
After introductory lectures on the general literary scene of the late Medieval period in England, the lectures and seminars will be devoted to a critical examination and appreciation of the following works:
  • Richard Rolle, The Fire of Love
  • Julian of Norwich, The Revelations of Divine Love
  • Walter Hilton, The Ladder of Perfection
  • The Cloud of Unknowing 
  • The Book of Margery Kempe

Census Date

Tuesday 18 August 


36 points in Christian Spirituality at Level One, or equivalent


face-to-face 3-hour weekly classes in semester


second Level
  • weekly seminar notes (1,000 words) 20%
  • one 3,500-word major essay 80%
third level
  • weekly seminar notes (1,000 words) 20%
  • one 4,000-word major essay 80%

Set Texts Recommended for Purchase

  • Hilton, Walter. The Scale of Perfection. Translated by John P. H. Clark and Rosemary Dorward. Classics of Western Spirituality. New York: Paulist, 1991.
  • Julian of Norwich. Revelations of Divine Love. Translated by Elizabeth Spearing. London: Penguin, 1999.
  • Richard Rolle of Hampolle. The Fire of Love and the Mending of Life. Translated by Richard Misyn. New York: Cosimo Classics, 2007.
  • Spearing, Anthony C., trans. The Cloud of Unknowing and Other Works. London: Penguin, 2001.


  • Davis, Carmel B. Mysticism and Space: Space and Spatiality in the Works of Richard Rolle, the Cloud of Unknowing Author, and Julian of Norwich. Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 2008.
  • Fryknholm, Amy. Julian of Norwich: A Contemplative Biography. Brewster: Paraclete, 2010.
  • Goodman, Anthony. Margery Kempe and Her World. London: Longmans, 2002. 
  • Jantzen, Grace M. Julian of Norwich. 2nd ed. London: SPCK, 2011.
  • Kennedy, David G. Incarnation and Hilton’s Spirituality. Salzburg: OLW Editions, 1988.
  • Nuth, Joan M. God’s Lovers in an Age of Anxiety: The Medieval English Mystics. Traditions of Christian Spirituality. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2001.