Date Thesis Awarded


Access Type

Honors Thesis -- Open Access

Degree Name

Bachelors of Arts (BA)


Medieval and Renaissance Studies


Philip Daileader

Committee Members

Jennifer Lorden

Jessica Stephens


The mystical, religious writing of Gertrud the Great of Helfta expressed an erotic love of the Christ, presented in her Herald of God's Loving-Kindness through a series of visions centered around the interaction of the monastery's community and the liturgy. This Honors Thesis attempts to study this religiosity, discovering how Gertrud's visions communicated a sensual understanding of the Divine centered around the Eucharist. Contextualizing the fourth book of the Herald in monastic history, this paper examines the presence of the Liturgy, the Eucharist, wealth and materiality, and female spirituality in this High Medieval text, discovering a communal religiosity based upon love and personal relationships to the Divine.