Skip to main content
  • free

    Life giving resources. Faithfully delivered.

    FREE delivery on orders over £10

  • UK

    Serving over 2 million Christians in the UK

    with Bibles, Books and Church Supplies

  • Church

    Our Buy-Now-Pay-Later accounts used

    by over 4,000 UK Churches & Schools

  • Excellent 4.8 out of 5

    Trustpilot

Virgin Whore

[Hardback]

by Emma Maggie Solberg

    • Book Format

      Hardback

    • Publisher

      Cornell University Press

    • Published

      December 2018

    • Weight

      586g

      Read full description

      Today's Price

      £23.89

      Save 39%

      Free delivery icon

      Free UK Delivery


      Available - Usually dispatched within 4 days


      • Paypal
      • Google Pay
      • Apple Pay
      • Visa
      • Mastercard
      • Amex

      Virgin Whore

      Today's Price £23.89



      Product Description

      In Virgin Whore, Emma Maggie Solberg uncovers a surprisingly prevalent theme in late English medieval literature and culture: the celebration of the Virgin Mary's sexuality. Although history is narrated as a progressive loss of innocence, the Madonna has grown purer with each passing century. Looking to a period before the idea of her purity and virginity had ossified, Solberg uncovers depictions and interpretations of Mary, discernible in jokes and insults, icons and rituals, prayers and revelations, allegories and typologies--and in late medieval vernacular biblical drama.

      More unmistakable than any cultural artifact from late medieval England, these biblical plays do not exclusively interpret Mary and her virginity as fragile. In a collection of plays known as the N-Town manuscript, Mary is represented not only as virgin and mother but as virgin and promiscuous adulteress, dallying with the Trinity, the archangel Gabriel, and mortals in kaleidoscopic erotic combinations. Mary's "virginity" signifies invulnerability rather than fragility, redemption rather than renunciation, and merciful license rather than ascetic discipline. Taking the ancient slander that Mary conceived Jesus in sin as cause for joyful laughter, the N-Town plays make a virtue of those accusations: through bawdy yet divine comedy, she redeems and exalts the crime.

      By revealing the presence of this promiscuous Virgin in early English drama and late medieval literature and culture--in dirty jokes told by Boccaccio and Chaucer, Malory's Arthurian romances, and the double entendres of the allegorical Mystic Hunt of the Unicorn--Solberg provides a new understanding of Marian traditions.

      Specification

      • Book Format

        Hardback

      • Publisher

        Cornell University Press

      • Published

        December 2018

      • Weight

        586g

      • Dimensions

        152 x 230 x 21 mm

      • ISBN

        9781501730337

      • ISBN-10

        1501730339

      • Eden Code

        4721737

      More Information

      • ISBN: 9781501730337

      • Publisher: Cornell University Press

      • Release Date: December 2018

      • Weight: 586g

      • Dimensions: 152 x 230 x 21 mm

      • Eden Code: 4721737


      Product Q+A

      Ask a Question

      Recently Viewed