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Brautmystik (IPA /'brautˌmystik/), literally 'bride-mysticism', often rendered 'bridal mysticism' or 'nuptial mysticism' in English,[1] was a thirteenth-century Christian spiritual movement associated with the Low Countries.

It is particularly associated with Beatrice of Nazareth (d. 1268) and Hadewijch of Antwerp (fl. c. 1250). The movement drew inspiration from the thought of Bernard of Clairvaux, particularly his thinking on the imagery of the Canticle. It was a form of affective piety. It is often associated with the more intellectual, speculative movement, Wesenmystik ({{{2}}}).[2]


  1. JOHN BOWKER. "Brautmystik." The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions. 1997. 24 Aug. 2016 <[1].
  2. Urban T. Holmes III, A History of Christian Spirituality: An Analytical Introduction (Harrisburg, PA: Morehouse, 2002 [first publ. Seabury, 1980]), p. 71.

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