The Life of the Servant
By Henry Suso
Due for release: 29/05/2014
Henry Suso was one of the prime figures of fourteenth-century German Mysticism, in conjunction with Eckhart von Hochheimand Johannes Tauler. However, while his contemporaries wrote in abstracts, Suso distinguished himself by writing of his own, personal experiences, composing what is now recognised as the first hagio-biography worthy of that name.
A canonical text of mysticism, The Life of the Servant mirrors the acute intensity of Suso’s life, both spiritual and physical, which comprised mortifications, visions, ecstasies, and revelations. Revived in this volume by an eloquent translation by James M. Clark, Suso’s exquisite prose animates the depictions of his mystical experiences, outlining the innermost realm of the holy life of a servant of Christ.
Worthy to be placed beside other classic works such as the Confessions of St Augustine or Thomas à Kempis’ The Imitation of Christ, this document endures as an invaluable artefact. Indeed adding to its relic-like status, is the story that its very existence is touched by divine intervention. Having been transcribed by Elsbeth Stagel,Suso’s ‘spiritual daughter’, against his intention, Suso tried to burn the account before allegedly being stopped by God.
Due to its concerns about the material world, this title is an inestimable manual for our current difficult and consumer orientated times. As the translator James M. Clark writes in the Preface to this classic text: “Here lies the relevance of his works for us today. He is the best antidote for soul-destroying materialism.”
Now accessible for a whole new generation of readers, this reprinted translation of The Life of the Servant is also directed to longstanding admirers and those interested in mysticism, theology and hagiography.
About the Author: Henry Suso (1300–66) was a German Dominican friar and a noted spiritual writer and mystic. His other spiritual writings include the Horologium Sapientiae (The Clock of Wisdom) and Exemplar Seuses (The Exemplar). He was beatified in 1831 by Pope Gregory XVI.
James M. Clark, the late Professor of German at Glasgow University, was the author of The Great German Mystics: Eckhart, Tauler and Suso.
About the Publisher: The Lutterworth Press has been trading since the eighteenth century and is one of the longest established and best-known independent publishers in the United Kingdom. It has been associated with James Clarke & Co. since 1984.