Notes

1cf. Vox Benedictina 1 (1984): 237-247 and 3 (1986): 327-337 respectively.

2Hans Peter Muller, Das Schwesternbuch von Kloster Kirchberg (1237-1305) Der Sulchgau 21/22 (1977/78),especially 47-48, and Siegfried Ringler, Viten- und Offenbarungsliteratur in den Frauenklostern des Mittelalters, MTU 72 (Munich, 1980), especially pp. 95f.

3 The Chronicles are named after the convents where they were written, and they are in rough chronological order: Ulm,Kirchberg, Unterlinden, Adelhausen, Engeltal, Oetenbach, Toss, Katharinental, Weiler.

4It is thus that one of the names for unio mysticain the Convent Chronicles is the jublius grace (die gnad jubilus).

5 Müller suggests that it may have been Gotteszell near Gmunden.

6 There are as yet no critical editions of most of the Convent Chronicles. The Ulmer Schwesternbuch so far is only available as a part of the Kirchberger Schwesternbuch in a nineteenth century journal edition: F.W.E, Roth, ed,, Aufzeichnungen uber das mystische Leben der Nonnen von Kirchberg bei Sulz Predigerrordens wahrend des XlV. und XV.Jahrhunderts, Alemannia 21 (1893): 123-148. The text passage translated is on pp. 127-130.

7 In the Ulm' Chronicle, we repeatedly find this birthing metaphor of God in spite of an otherwise solidly patriarchal God image.

8 These words (in jubilation and exultation) are highlighted in the text by the writer’s sudden and unusual shift to Latin.