Dr. Margaret A. Rees reproduces two Spanish works by Dona Maria Vela y Cueto as follow-up to her earlier monograph, "Dona Maria Vela y Cueto, Cistercian Mystic of Spain's Golden Age" (Edwin Mellen Press, 2004), in which she examined the life and spirituality of an intriguing, yet obscure Cistercian nun living in the Spanish Golden Age. The first volume of this work presents Dona Maria's "Libro de las Mercedes", a spiritual diary recording her own mystical experiences in the wake of the reforms of St. Teresa d'Avila and St. John of the Cross. The second volume is an autobiographical work composed in obedience to her spiritual director, Vida, which reflects the nun's struggling and striving to stretch the boundaries of convent life as she pursued sainthood.
Margaret A. Rees is a member of the Graduate Seminar in Spanish Studies organized by the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages of Oxford University.
Preface by Eric A. Southworth; Acknowledgements; List of Abbreviations; Introduction; Cistercian Mysticism; Visions and Voices; The Language of the Libro de las Mercedes; Note on the Present Edition; Libro de las Mercedes; Select Bibliography.