Glasgow University Library Special Collections Ludolf of Saxony Life of Christ. STUDIES with an essay by Paul Shore on Ludolph of Saxony’s Vita Christi and its influence on the .. Ludolph presents his account of the life of Christ with the. Christi that correspond to the Mysteries of the Life of Christ given at the end of the read the Life of Christ by Ludolph of Saxony, an experience that had a.

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The Vita Christi of the fourteenth century Carthusian, Ludolph of Saxony, is the most saxomy series of meditations on the life of Christ of the late Middle Ages. Ludolph assembles a wealth of commentary from the ludolpn of the church and the great medieval spiritual writers and weaves them into a seamless exposition on the Gospel. This is the first English translation of this classic work, and it also is the first edition in any language to identify the thousands of sources used by Ludolph, both those he quotes and the many he cites without attribution.

It will be of great interest to students of Christian spirituality, saxoony it is intended, as was the original text, for ordinary believers seeking to enter more deeply into the meaning of the life of Christ.


When complete, there will be 4 volumes. Walsh holds a doctorate in sacred theology from the Gregorian University in Rome.

Medieval manuscript of Ludolf of Saxony’s Life of Christ

For many years, he taught theology at St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park, California. He is the author of several books, including Second Friends: Patristic Readings in the Liturgy of the Hours.

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The Life of Jesus Christ – eBook. It is at the same time an encyclopedia of biblical, patristic, and medieval learning and a compendium of late medieval spirituality, stressing the importance of meditation in the life of individual believers.

It draws on an astonishing number of sources and sheds light on many aspects of the doctrinal and institutional history of the Church down to the fourteenth century. He has more than risen to the challenge!

Ludolph’s text was one of the most widely spread and influential treatments of the theme in the later Middle Ages and has, until now, been available only in an insufficient late nineteenth-century edition Rigollot. The manuscript tradition of The Life of Christ is extremely complex, and Walsh, while basing his translation on the edition, has gone beyond in providing critical apparatus that will be of significant use to scholars, as well as making the text available for students and all interested in the theology, spirituality, and religious life of the later Middle Ages.


His introduction expertly places Ludolph’s work in the textual tradition and is itself a contribution to scholarship. Simply put, this is an amazing achievement!


Walsh’s work fills an essential gap in our understanding of the text and its world, and will be the standard point of departure for all future research on Ludolph and treatises dealing with chriwt life of Christ in the later Middle Ages.

Luvolph and readable, Walsh’s translation should be on the shelf of every library, and all those who actively concern themselves with the later Middle Ages will want their own copy. The first volume, here translated, takes the narrative through the Sermon on the Mount.

We can only eagerly await the appearance of the rest of the work!