What is it about?

In this paper, I compare the respective approaches of Jean Molinet and George Herbert to the ineffable, showing how both draw from the long tradition of mystical Christian theology in their efforts to use words to describe music and prayer, respectively.

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Why is it important?

Despite what researchers have to tell us about the psychological benefits of things like music and prayer, they are, primarily, ontological subjects; and, as with all questions of being or existence, their nature can best be understood using the approaches of history, theology, and literature, rather than science.


This paper started off as an attempt to trace the possible influence of a passage in Molinet's "Chroniques" on a well-known sonnet by George Herbert. Eventually I decided to focus instead on similarities between their respective approaches to music and prayer, respectively.

Camilo Peralta
Fort Hays State University

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This page is a summary of: Music, Prayer, and “Something Understood”, Explorations in Renaissance Culture, September 2022, Brill,
DOI: 10.1163/23526963-04802001.
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