Richard rolles melos amoris has been considered overwrought and juvenile and has been largely ignored yet it playfully employs scriptural exegesis passionate utterance and an alliterative and rhythmic prose style that marks it as rolles crowning literary achievement. As rolle defends himself against controversy he offers detailed descriptions of the spiritual fire sweetness and song that characterize his mysticism amid a labyrinthine weave of scriptural exegesis personal narrative and inspired utterance. Richard rolles melody of love offers manifold pathways into the melos amoris and its world a quintet of appendices offers an edition of a spurious chapter marginalia and music found in one key manuscript reconstructions of early fourteenth century anglo latin songs and recitations and guidance through rolles unusual latin vocabulary these materials are supported by a companion . The melos amoris stands as the most daring literary achievement of medieval englands most influential mystic richard rolle full of autobiographical glimpses and spiritual rhapsodies this sustained etude in alliterative rhythmic latin prose contains r
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