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Marquard von Lindau and the Challenges of Religious Life in Late Medieval GermanyThe Passion, the Eucharist, the Virgin Mary$
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Stephen Mossman

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199575541

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199575541.001.0001

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The Eucharist

The Eucharist

(p.144) 2 The Eucharist
Marquard von Lindau and the Challenges of Religious Life in Late Medieval Germany

Stephen Mossman (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Marquard's works on the eucharist are compared with the more important contemporary works on the topic, notably Matthaeus of Cracow's Dialogus rationis et conscientiae. It is argued that both Matthaeus' Dialogus and Marquard's Eucharistietraktat, the two most successful late medieval works on the eucharist in Latin and German respectively, were both reacting in different ways to a dominant climate of fear expressed towards sacramental reception. The chapter then considers in detail a series of further problematic issues of eucharistic theology and its instruction in the later Middle Ages on which Marquard makes a significant contribution: the use of miracle narratives in teaching the theology of transubstantiation; the permissible frequency of sacramental reception; the role of the eucharist in achieving mystical union; the perception of physical sweetness in the sacrament; and the broad complex of eucharistic visions, manifestations of the holy blood, and other kinds of transformation.

Keywords:   Eucharist, Matthaeus of Cracow, fear, sacramental reception, miracles, frequency of reception, mystical union, sweetness, visions, holy blood

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