Sacred Fictions of Medieval France Hardback

Narrative Theology in the Lives of Christ and the Virgin

by Maureen Boulton;

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Sacred Fictions of Medieval France

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The story of the life of Christ and his mother is told in many texts in various French vernaculars (Anglo-Norman and Old Occitan, as well as Old and Middle French) between the middle of the twelfth century and the end of the fifteenth; there are more than a hundred, existing in at least 400 manuscripts). These "sacred fictions" are the subject of this book. Given that the principal events in the lives of Mary and Jesus were well-known to potential audiences, the choice of genre was the most important decision facing a medieval author. The writers of these works made deliberate formal choices which their audiences recognized and which provide one frame of reference for reading them. Professor Boulton here classifies the different lives of Mary and Jesus according to the various narrative forms they take: epic, romance, allegory, chronicle, and meditative text. In addition, because a text's embodiment in its codex reflects how it was encountered by medieval readers, each chapter considers the transmission of the texts, as well as their adaptation in different manuscripts when they survive in multiple copies.

Sacred Fictions of Medieval France by Maureen Boulton was published by Boydell & Brewer Ltd in July 2015. The ISBN for Sacred Fictions of Medieval France is 9781843844143.

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Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherBoydell & Brewer Ltd (July 2015)
Number of Pages394
Thickness22 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code4319107
Page last updated 14th May 2018
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