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Meister EckhartPhilosopher of Christianity$
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Kurt Flasch

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300204865

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300204865.001.0001

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Life and Works around 1300

Life and Works around 1300

(p.3) 1. Life and Works around 1300
Meister Eckhart

Kurt Flasch

, Anne Schindel, Aaron Vanides
Yale University Press

This chapter discusses Meister Eckhart's life and works around the year 1300. Eckhart was from Tambach, near Gotha, during the time of the Interregnum (1254–1273). In 1294, Eckhart preached his Easter sermon in Paris, and Boniface VIII came to power in Rome on Christmas Eve after pressuring Celestine V to abdicate. A powerful personality, Boniface believed that he was God's representative on earth, Europe's sovereign, and feudal lord of the emperors. In the final decades of Eckhart's life, Germany had two kings, who were simultaneously elected in 1314: Frederick the Fair of Austria and Louis IV of Bavaria. The pope does not feature as a religious figure in Eckhart's works; he was opposed to the politics of the papacy, although he recognized its spiritual function. This chapter also considers how Eckhart was impacted by intellectual developments of thirteenth-century Europe and how he was perceived and received by his contemporaries.

Keywords:   papacy, Meister Eckhart, Interregnum, Boniface VIII, Europe, Germany, Frederick the Fair, Louis IV, intellectual developments

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