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Author Williams Boyarin, Adrienne, 1976- author.

Title Miracles of the Virgin in medieval England : law and Jewishness in Marian legends / Adrienne Williams Boyarin
Published Cambridge : D.S. Brewer, 2010


Description 1 online resource (xi, 217 pages) : illustrations
Contents The idea of English miracles of the virgin -- The Theophilus legend in England : Mary the advocate, Mary the Jew -- The Theophilus legend in England, again : from the Devil's charter to a Marian paradigm -- The virgin and the law in Middle English contexts -- The fate of English miracles of the Virgin -- Appendix. "The founding of the feast of the conception" in the South English legendary ; "Blood on the penitent woman's hand" (Bodleian Library MS e Museo 180) ; The Charter Group miracles and other short texts from British Library MS additional 37049 ; An index of miracles of the Virgin collated with existing lists
Summary Legendary accounts of the Virgin Mary's intercession were widely circulated throughout the middle ages, borrowing heavily, as in hagiography generally, from folktale and other motifs; she is represented in a number of different, often surprising, ways, rarely as the meek and mild mother of Christ, but as bookish, fierce, and capricious, amongst other attributes. This is the first full-length study of their place in specifically English medieval literary and cultural history. While the English circulation of vernacular Miracles of the Virgin is markedly different from continental examples, this book shows how difference and miscellaneity can reveal important developments within an unwieldy genre. The author argues that English miracles in particular were influenced by medieval England's troubled history with its Jewish population and the rapid thirteenth-century codification of English law, so that Mary frequently becomes a figure with special dominion over Jews, text, and legal problems. The shifting codicological and historical contexts of these texts make it clear that the paradoxical sign"Mary" could signify in both surprisingly different and surprisingly consistent ways, rendering Mary both 'mediatrix' and 'legislatrix'. Adrienne Williams Boyarin is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Victoria (British Columbia)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
Online resource; title from PDF title page (JSTOR, viewed June 6, 2016)
Subject Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint -- Apparitions and miracles -- England -- History
Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint
RELIGION -- Christian Theology -- Mariology.
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2010537681
ISBN 9781846158889