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medieval-religion: Scholarly discussions of medieval religion and culture

Hello.  I am re-joining the list after a hiatus.  My Ph.D. is in medieval and 
Renaissance history; I have worked extensively on the cult of St. Joseph and 
teach in the Philadelphia area.  My current interest relates to medieval ideas 
regarding the natural world.  I'm gathering examples, from texts of all kinds, of 
appreciation, tenderness, or care for the natural world (plants, animals, 
Creation generally) and would appreciate any pointers to writers or texts.  
Recently I noticed John Ruusbroec's recommendations of the work of bees and 
ants as a model for human spirituality (in his Spiritual Espousals), and I'm 
wondering whether anyone has thoughts on any past history of this concept 
or on other writers who expressed it.  Finally, if anyone wishes to recommend 
secondary works on medieval perspectives on nature and ecology, I'll be 
happy to know of them.

Sincerely,
Chara Armon

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