The Cult of the Virgin Mary in Anglo-Saxon England

The Cult of the Virgin Mary in Anglo-Saxon England

by Mary Clayton
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521531152

ISBN-13: 9780521531153

Pub. Date: 02/13/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The cult of the Virgin Mary is associated by most medievalists with the twelfth and succeeding centuries. This book, however, provides a wide-ranging exploration of the cult in England from c. 700 to the Conquest. Interest in and devotion to Mary flourished in the late seventh and eighth centuries and, especially, in the period of the Benedictine reform from the

Overview

The cult of the Virgin Mary is associated by most medievalists with the twelfth and succeeding centuries. This book, however, provides a wide-ranging exploration of the cult in England from c. 700 to the Conquest. Interest in and devotion to Mary flourished in the late seventh and eighth centuries and, especially, in the period of the Benedictine reform from the mid-tenth century onwards. In this latter period Mary, as patron saint of almost all of the reformed houses, was the most important saint of the monastic movement. Dr Clayton describes and illustrates the development of Marian devotion and doctrine from the early church to the Carolingians, by discussing Anglo-Saxon feasts of the Virgin, liturgical texts, prayers, monastic dedications, art and vernacular poetry and prose. This is a topic which has never before been examined in any detail but has significant bearing on the history of church liturgy and Anglo-Saxon literature. The book will appeal to Anglo-Saxonists with a special interest in literature, art history and theology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521531153
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/13/2003
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Anglo-Saxon England Series, #2
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
332
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

List of plates Acknowledgements List of abbreviations 1. Introduction 2. Feasts of the Virgin: origin and development 3. The cult of the Virgin in the liturgy 4. Private prayer to Mary 5. Marian dedications, relics and pilgrimage in Anglo-Saxon England 6. The Virgin as portrayed in Anglo-Saxon art 7. The Virgin in Old English poetry 8. The Virgin in Old English prose 9. Conclusions Bibliography Index

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