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He argues that as Letter 29 belongs to the end of her correspondence, Stanzaic Poem 45 is the last poem she wrote, and that the final verse, Unde mori. 6 B It seems as though if Hadewijch had been actually arrested or ex ecuted on a charge of heresy by the Inquisition the exhaustive efforts of the scholars to identify her would not have proved such a complete failure. 69 That of Mar garet Po rete at Paris on June 1 , 1 3 10, is likewise well documented. Be sides, one wonders whether the public i ndignation stirred up by the burning of Aleydis may not have tended to deter somewhat the pros ecution of Beguines by the Inquisition.
93; and in the twelfth cen tury it was taken over by Peter Comestor (d. 1 1 80) in his Scholastic History. 25 Hadewijch certainly does not depend on the Comestor, who changes the order of the narration; and one would suppose she used the Vulgate, as more accessible than Josephus. HADEWIJCH'S DOCTRIN E OF THE MYSTICAL LIFE Hadewijch proposes a love mysticism that is both Christological and Trinitarian. The central theme of love had taken possession of her heart and mind very early, with her experience of Divine Love at the age of ten.
307). Second, she has said to him sometimes that it was easy for him to live as Man because he possessed the seven gifts, and his Father was with him; in saying this, she did not know that he chose to obtain the gifts at the price of suffering (P. 3 2 5). Third, she has complained of her misery and of the fact that she did not receive from him what she needed as she desired; yet at all times she possessed the seven gifts, and his Father was with her (P. 341). Now it is easy to see that 1-Iadewijch, to save face-especially with those whom she was directing-might have concealed these reproaches by changing them into impersonal statements of principle.