By John of Ruysbroeck, Aeterna Press
Jan van Ruysbroeck—three of whose most vital works are the following for the 1st time awarded to English readers—is the best of the Flemish mystics, and needs to take excessive rank in any record of Christian contemplatives and saints. He used to be born in 1273, on the little village of Ruysbroeck or Ruusbroeck among Brussels and Hal, from which he's taking his identify; and spent his entire existence inside of his local province of Brabant. At 11 years outdated, he's stated to have run clear of domestic and located his method to Brussels; the place he used to be bought by way of his uncle Jan Hinckaert, a canon of the Cathedral of St Gudule. Hinckaert, who was once a guy of significant piety, lived with one other religious priest named Francis van Coudenberg within the such a lot austere model; solely dedicated to prayer and stable works.