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Early Women Writers

Christine Ebner



Christine Ebner


Monastery of St. John the Baptist in Engelthal, Germany




Christine was a German Dominican nun, writer and mystic at Engelthal Abbey, who compiled, on the instructions of her superiors, a manuscript recounting the lives and mystical visions of her fellow nuns, Büchlein von der Gnaden Überlast. Her own visions and life were recorded for her by another nun. Source: The Oxford Companion to German Literature. 3 rdedition. Edited by Henry Garland and Mary Garland


Leben und Offenbarungen (Life and Revelations), Von der genaden uberlast (Of the Burden of Grace), A second book of Revelations (Offenbarungen)




Mystical, Sisterbook

Archival Holdings

Composite manuscript containing Christina Ebner's Revelations: Cod. 973, p. 485-486; Abbey Library of St. Gallen, Switzerland; Leben und Offenbarungen: Cod. 90, Ebnersche Library, Hersbruck, Germany;
Leben und Offenbarungen: Best. 701 No. 104, Landeshauptarchiv, Koblenz, Germany;
Leben und Offenbarungen: ohne Sign. (3), Kloster Maria Medingen, Mödingen, Bavaria, Germany;
Leben und Offenbarungen: Cod. Cent. V, App. 99, City Library, Nuremberg, Germany;
Leben und Offenbarungen' (Streuüberlieferung): Cgm 5292, Munich Staatsbibliothek, Munich, Germany;
Engelthaler Schwesternbuch (from Der genaden uberlast): HS. 1338, Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nurnberg, Germany;
Engelthaler Schwesternbuch' (from Der genaden uberlast): 84r - 119v Cod. 308 (Hübl 234), Benedictine Abbey of Our Lady of Scots, Vienna, Austria.

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