Apocryphal Adam and Eve in Medieval Europe: Vernacular Translations and Adaptations of the Vita Adae et Evae

Apocryphal Adam and Eve in Medieval Europe: Vernacular Translations and Adaptations of the Vita Adae et Evae

by Brian Murdoch
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199564140

ISBN-13: 9780199564149

Pub. Date: 06/15/2009

Publisher: Oxford University Press

What happened to Adam and Eve after their expulsion from paradise?
Where the biblical narrative fell silent apocryphal writings took up this intriguing question, notably including the Early Christian Latin text, the Life of Adam and Eve. This account describes the (failed) attempt of the couple to return to paradise by fasting whilst immersed in a river, and

Overview

What happened to Adam and Eve after their expulsion from paradise?
Where the biblical narrative fell silent apocryphal writings took up this intriguing question, notably including the Early Christian Latin text, the Life of Adam and Eve. This account describes the (failed) attempt of the couple to return to paradise by fasting whilst immersed in a river, and explores how they coped with new experiences such as childbirth and death.
Brian Murdoch guides the reader through the many variant versions of the Life, demonstrating how it was also adapted into most western and some eastern European languages in the Middle Ages and beyond, constantly developing and changing along the way. The study considers this development of the apocryphal texts whilst presenting a fascinating insight into the flourishing medieval tradition of Adam and Eve. A tradition that the Reformation would largely curtail, stories from the Life were celebrated in European prose, verse and drama in many different languages from Irish to Russian.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199564149
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
06/15/2009
Pages:
308
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Conventions of Reference xii

Abbreviations xiii

1 Apocrypha, Pseudepigrapha, the Adambooks, and the Vita Adae et Evae 1

2 Ireland 42

3 England, Wales, and Cornwall 74

4 The Holy Roman Empire and Beyond 137

5 France, Brittany, and Italy 208

6 Iconography 239

7 Litteras Achiliachas: Conclusion 252

Appendix: An Overview of the Vernacular Texts 263

Bibliography 267

Index 287

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