The Imitation of Christ was written anonymously in Latin in probably the Netherlands c. 1418–1427 and Thomas à Kempis (1380 – 1471) is generally accepted as the author. Several sources of authority, including members of his own order, name Kempis as the author, and various contemporary manuscripts, including one autograph codex, bear his name.
The text is divided into four books which provide detailed spiritual instructions and today it is regarded as the most important devotional work in Catholic Christianity and is the most widely read devotional work next to the Bible. Apart from the Bible no Christian book has been translated into more languages than the Imitation of Christ.
In this editiction we propose it in the classical English translation by Rev. William Benham (1831 – 1910).