• All Books

BIC Excellence Award

Middle English Legends of Women Saints

Edited by Martha G Blalock, Wendy R Larson and Sherry L Reames

Middle English Legends of Women Saints
Paperback, 322 pages £23.50
Published: 2003
ISBN: 9781580440462
Buy this Book


Subjects: Literary Studies, Medieval Institute Publications, Medieval Studies
Series: TEAMS Middle English Texts Series

Middle English Legends of Women Saints presents a collection of saints' Lives intended to suggest the diversity of possibilities beneath the supposedly fixed and predictable surfaces of the legends, using multiple retellings of the same legend to illustrate that medieval readers and listeners did not just passively receive saints' legends but continually and actively appropriated them. The collection opens with legends about two royal (or supposedly royal) women, Frideswide and Mary Magdelen, and continues with those of three popular virgin martyrs, Margaret of Antioch, Christina of Tyre, and Katherine of Alexandria. The final portion of the collection is devoted to St. Anne, mother of the Virgin Mary. The collection includes a number of relatively unknown texts that have not appeared in print since Horstmann's transcriptions in the nineteenth century and a few that have never before been published.

Acknowledgments General Introduction General Bibliography Abbreviations I. The Legend of St. Frideswide of Oxford, an Anglo-Saxon Royal Abbess Introduction and Select Bibliography Shorter South English Legendary Life of St. Frideswide Explanatory Notes Textual Notes Longer South English Legendary Life of St. Frideswide Explanatory Notes Textual Notes II. The Legend of Mary Magdalen, Penitent and Apostle Introduction and Select Bibliography Early South English Legendary Life of Mary Magdalen Explanatory Notes Textual Notes John Mirk, Sermon on St. Mary Magdalen Explanatory Notes Textual Notes Mary Magdalen, from Speculum Sacerdotale Notes III. Three Popular Legends of Virgin Martyrs (a) Margaret of Antioch Introduction and Select Bibliography Stanzaic Life of Margaret Explanatory Notes Textual Notes John Mirk, Sermon on St. Margaret Explanatory Notes Textual Notes John Lydgate, Lyfe of Seynt Margarete Explanatory Notes Textual Notes (b) Katherine of Alexandria Introduction and Select Bibliography Stanzaic Life of Katherine Explanatory Notes Textual Notes John Mirk, Sermon on St. Katherine Explanatory Notes Textual Notes St. Katherine, from Speculum Sacerdotale Notes Christina of Bolsena Introduction and Select Bibliography William Paris, Life of St. Christina Explanatory Notes Textual Notes IV. Legends of St. Anne, Mother of the Virgin Mary Introduction and Select Bibliography John Mirk, Sermon on the Conception of the Virgin Mary Explanatory Notes Textual Notes John Mirk, Sermon on St. Anne Explanatory Notes Textual Notes Osbern Bokenham, Life of St. Anne Explanatory Notes Textual Notes Glossary

Sherry Reames is Professor emerita of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.



Publication Details:


Binding:
 Paperback , 322 pages
ISBN:
 9781580440462

BIC Code:
 2ABC, DSBB
BISAC Code:
  LIT011000, REL070000
Imprint:
 Medieval Institute Publications


back

Other visitors also viewed:

  • Journal of the International Qur'anic Studies Association Volume 1
  • The Canonization of a Myth
  • Islam
  • Palamedes Volume 9/10 (2014/2015)
  • Iberian Swordplay
email Email to a colleague

Download Lists

Download Lists
New Titles List
Complete List
Subject Lists

Mailing List

mailing list

Other books by
Martha G Blalock
Wendy R Larson
Sherry L Reames

Books in Series
TEAMS Middle English Texts Series
More Info:
Contributors Statement