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Author Jansen, Katherine Ludwig, 1957-

Title The making of the Magdalen : preaching and popular devotion in the later Middle Ages / Katherine Ludwig Jansen
Edition First paperback edition
Published Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 2001
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 389 pages) : illustrations
Summary "Best known during the Middle Ages as the prostitute who became a faithful follower of Christ, Mary Magdalen was the most beloved female saint after the Virgin Mary. Why the Magdalen became so popular, what meanings she conveyed, and how her story evolved over the centuries are the focus of this compelling exploration of late medieval religious culture." "Through the lens of medieval preaching, as well as the responses of those who heard the sermons preached, Katherine Jansen brings to light previously unpublished sermons to show how and why the mendicant friars transformed Mary Magdalen, a shadowy gospel figure, into an emblem of action and contemplation, a symbol of vanity and lust, a model of perfect penance, and the embodiment of hope and salvation. Jansen also draws on a variety of historical sources - from saints' lives to patronage patterns - to examine the laity's reception of the saint. She reveals that the laity's devotion to Mary Magdalen departed in significant ways from the friars' image of the saint, signaling a major development in popular religious practice and personal piety." "The making of the Magdalen will appeal to readers of medieval history and religion, to those with an interest in the study of women, sexuality, and gender, and to those who are interested in saints throughout the ages."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 337-370) and index
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Subject Mary Magdalene, Saint -- Cult -- France -- Provence -- History -- Middle Ages, 600-1500
Mary Magdalene, Saint -- Cult -- Italy -- History -- Middle Ages, 600-1500
Christian hagiography -- History -- To 1500.
Preaching -- France -- Provence -- History -- Middle Ages, 600-1500
Preaching -- Italy -- History -- Middle Ages, 600-1500
Sermons, Medieval -- France -- History and criticism.
Sermons, Medieval -- Italy -- History and criticism.
Spiritual life -- History of doctrines -- Middle Ages, 600-1500.
Women in Christianity -- France -- Provence -- History -- To 1500.
Women in Christianity -- Italy -- History -- To 1500.
Italy -- Church history.
Provence (France) -- Church history.
Form Electronic book
ISBN (alk. paper)
0691089876
(alk. paper)
9780691089874