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The Fire of Love and the Mending of Life


Of the two short works of Richard Rolle presented here in modernized form, “The Fire of Love” represents his subjective manner, while “The Mending of Life” attempts towards an orderly presentation of his ascetic doctrine. The whole system of his teaching, in so far as a system was possible to so poetic and inspired a temperament, aims at the induction of other men to that state in which they can fulfill the supreme vocation of humanity: to take part in “angels’ song,” the music of adoration which all created spirits sing to God.

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Key Features

  • Presents Rolle’s mystical experiences
  • Includes an introduction to the second edition by Evelyn Underhill
  • Describes four stages for becoming closer to God
  • Offers an important medieval perspective on the Christian experience


  • Introduction by Evelyn Underhill
  • Editor’s Preface
  • A Translation of the Legenda in the Office Prepared for the Blessed Hermit Richard
  • Prologue of Richard Misyn
  • Prologue of Richard Rolle
  • Book I
  • Book II
  • The Mending of Life
  • Bibliography
  • Glossary

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About Richard Rolle

Richard Rolle was a fourteenth-century English mystical writer and hermit.