Text name The Cloud of Unknowing File name cmcloud-m3 Manuscript Harley 674, British Library, London Date a1425 (?a1400) Dialect East Midlands (?central north) Genre Religious treatise Edition Hodgson, Phyllis. 1944 (for 1943). The cloud of unknowing and The book of privy counselling. EETS O.S. 218. London: Oxford University Press. Sample Pp. 13-133 Remarks
The author of these works was certainly a priest, but little else is known about him with certainty, except that he also wrote The Book of Privy Counselling, The Epistle of Prayer, and The Epistle of Discretion in Stirrings. He may also have written Of Discerning of Spirits, Denis Hid Divinity, and Benjamin Minor. The language of the mss. suggests a Central North-East Midlands provenance. The mss. are difficult to date exactly, but Hodgson places the Cloud between Rolle (1349) and Hilton (1395).
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