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Johannes Tauler

c.1300-1361. German mystic. Born in Strasbourg, he entered the Dominican [[Order of Preachers]] there about 1315 and came under Eckhart's* influence. Thomism was a part of him, but unlike Eckhart his ends were practical. He wrote only in German, never in Latin, and did not write learned works. His sermons were preached mainly to nuns. His was a simple, homely method, though obscurities do occur in the more mystical passages; dialogue was used by him for illustration to include his audience. His imagery, moreover, was local, derived from hunting, war, farming, trade, and natural history.