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Devotio Moderna

The Devotio Moderna (Modern Devotion) is the most influential spiritual reform movement out of the Late Middle Ages and the beginning of Modern Time. According to some (e.g. Charles Taylor) this movement, which notably came into development in The Netherlands, does in fact mark the beginning of modern religious consciousness. From its earliest days, the Titus Brandsma Institute has been the leading centre for research into the Modern Devotion. Its work includes the critical edition of the works of Geert Grote, and historical and systematic research into Thomas a Kempis, Gerard Zerbolt of Zutphen, Nicholas of Cusa, Liduina of Schiedam and others. What is distinctive about the research undertaken by the Titus Brandsma Institute is that what is always searched for is the theological and philosophical relevance of this movement to the spiritual consciousness of our time.

Key publications
– Charles Caspers, Een bovenaardse vrouw. Zes eeuwen verering van Luduina van Schiedam, Hilversum (Verloren) 2014 (ter perse)
– Charles Caspers, Joy and Sorrow. The Meaning of the Blood of Christ in the Late Middle Ages. In C. Santing & J. Touber (Eds.), Blood, Symbol, Liquid. Representations and Interpretations of Blood in the Late Middle Ages and Early Modern Period, Leuven/Parijs (Peeters) 2012, 37-60.
– Rudolf van Dijk, Twaalf kapittels over ontstaan, bloei en doorwerking van de Moderne Devotie, Hilversum (Verloren) 2012.
– Rijcklof Hofman, Gerardi Magni, Sermo ad clerum traiectensem de focaristis (Gerardi Magni, Opera Omnia II,1), Turnhout (Brepols) 2011.