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"This new volume in the Corpus Christianorum, Continuatio Mediaevalis makes available not only the text of the commentary of Soreth based on near-contemporary manuscripts of the last quarter of the 15th century, but also the text of the Carmelite Rule that purports to be a copy of the now lost, original regula bullata, found in the bull of Pope Innocent IV, Quae honorem Conditoris of 1 October 1247, and preserved at the time Soreth wrote his commentary in the Carmelite monastery in Cologne. What is known today as the Carmelite Rule was given originally, and in a slightly different form, as a uitaeformula to a group of anonymous hermits residing on Mount Carmel in the Holy Land by St. Albert of Vercelli, sometime during the period when he was Patriarch of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem, between 1206 and 1214. The text of the Rule found in the Bull of Pope Innocent IV incorporated adaptations to the uitaeformula made necessary by the situation the Carmelites found themselves in after having started to move back to the West in around 1238. The Carmelites continued to live on Mount Carmel until 1291, the date of the fall of Acre, the last remaining major stronghold of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem. In addition to giving a critical edition of Soreth's text, the volume is of significance in that it comprehensively identifies the immediate sources of Soreth's commentary, especially the various florilegia and compilationes used by him in creatively weaving a text grounded predominantly in the works of classical Christian spirituality. The commentary, primarily exhortatory in style, hence the designation of this work as an expositio paraenetica, relies heavily on Bernard of Clairvaux. It thus needs to be seen as an integral part of Soreth's own reforming activity of the Carmelites."-- Publisher's description.