Medieval languages

steve51885's picture

Hi all-

I am interested in learning more about medieval ideas and wanted to know more about the languages spoken in the Holy roman empire, although it was mostly german. So far I have found out that Latin was an official language for a long time, but the last 200 years german was more dominant. I tend to think that the reformation had something to do with the language change. I don't know if I have time to learn both latin and german (or desire!), but I think that to understand what the monks were learning at that time would be invaluable to Christians. Thanks for your help!


tomgroeneman's picture

Orthodox texts

Steve, Thanks for mentioning the Philokalia. I just downloaded it for free from I have been nibbling at Orthodox teaching for some time and appreciate their mystical bent.

There are many Roman Catholic texts but as you said they are not compiled in an anthology. Much of the Roman Catholic corpus is available at CCEL like St. John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, Francis De Sales and Brother Lawrence.

I have The Roots of Christian Mysticism by Olivier Clement in my library. It is a good introduction to the Church Fathers including the Eastern Orthodox tradition. All of Phillip Schaff's works are available at CCEL which include the Greek Fathers up until the 8th century.

There is a wealth of spiritual wisdom and knowledge proceeding from all three major branches of Christianity. The Orthodox is the least used in our culture because most of it comes from Patriarchs east of Jerusalem.

Tom Groeneman