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van Ruusbroec, Jan (1293–1381)

  1. Rik Van Nieuwenhove

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc1429

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Nieuwenhove, R. V. 2011. van Ruusbroec, Jan (1293–1381). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Jan van Ruusbroec (Ruysbroeck) was born near Brussels in 1293. He became chaplain at St. Gudula but in 1343 he withdrew into the Zonien Forest in the Groenendaal valley to pursue a more secluded life. He died in 1381 and was beatified in 1909. All his works were written in Middle Dutch. His most important works are Die Geestelike Brulocht [The Spiritual Espousals], Een Spieghel der Eewigher Salicheit [A Mirror of Eternal Blessedness], Dat Rijcke der Ghelieven [The Realm of Lovers], and Van den Geesteliken Tabernakel [The Spiritual Tabernacle], besides a range of smaller treatises. Ruusbroec's works have been published in a trilingual edition as Jan van Ruusbroec. Opera Omnia (1981–2006). For a more indepth study of Ruusbroec's mystical theology, see Van Nieuwenhove 2003.


  • Van Ruusbroec, Jan (1293–1381);
  • die geestelike brulocht [the spiritual espousals];
  • ruusbroec, radical trinitarian thinkers in the west;
  • dynamic theology of the trinity