The Virgin of Chartres: Making History through Liturgy and the Arts

The Virgin of Chartres: Making History through Liturgy and the Arts

by Margot E. Fassler
     
 

ISBN-10: 030011088X

ISBN-13: 9780300110883

Pub. Date: 06/29/2010

Publisher: Yale University Press

Medieval Christians knew the past primarily through what they saw and heard. History was reenacted every year in ritual observances particular to each place and region and rooted in the legends of local saints.This richly illustrated book explores the layers of history found in the cult of the Virgin of Chartres as it developed in the eleventh and twelfth centuries

Overview

Medieval Christians knew the past primarily through what they saw and heard. History was reenacted every year in ritual observances particular to each place and region and rooted in the legends of local saints.This richly illustrated book explores the layers of history found in the cult of the Virgin of Chartres as it developed in the eleventh and twelfth centuries. Focusing on the major relic of Chartres Cathedral, the Virgin’s gown, and the Feast of Mary's Nativity, Margot Fassler employs a wide range of historical evidence including local histories, letters, obituaries, chants, liturgical sources, and reports of miracles, leading to a detailed reading of the cathedral's west façade. This interdisciplinary volume will prove invaluable to historians who work in religion, politics, music, and art but will also serve as a guidebook for all interested in the history of Chartres Cathedral.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300110883
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
06/29/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
632
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.70(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface....................     vii     

Acknowledgments....................     xi     

Part One MARY BEFORE FULBERT....................          

1 Chartres in Early Histories and Legends....................     3     

2 War and Peace in the Mid-Tenth Century....................     28     

Part Two MARY'S TIME: FROM ADVENT TO THE NATIVITY OF THE VIRGIN AT
CHARTERS....................          

3 Adventus and Advent: History and Lineage in the Latin Rite...............     55     

4 Trauma and the Remedies of History....................     79     

5 The Virgin in the Second Half of the Eleventh Century: Fulbert Becomes a
Liturgist....................     107     

Part Three POLITICS AND RELIGIOUS FERVOR IN TWELFTH-CENTURY CHARTERS.......          

6 New Modes of Seeing: Ideals of Reform in the Early Twelfth Century.......     133     

7 Intrigue, Fervor, and the Building of Churches....................     156     

8 The Campaign at Midcentury: Bishops, Dignitaries, and Canons.............     179     

Part Four HISTORY REVEALED: THE CULT OF THE VIRGIN AND THE VISUAL ARTS IN
THE MID-TWELFTH CENTURY....................          

9 The Virgin and the Tabernacle....................     205     

10 Adventus and Lineage: The Meanings of the Jamb Statues..................     242     

11 Reality and Prophecy: Exegetical Narrative in the West Façade...........     282     

12 History Retold: From the West Lancets to the Afterlife of the Cult......     323     

Appendixes....................          

List of Abbreviations....................     459     

Notes....................     461     

Bibliography....................          

Primary Sources....................     559     

Secondary Sources....................     569     

Scriptural Citations....................     599     

Index of Manuscripts....................     600     

General Index....................     601     

Index of Modern Authors....................     606     


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