ISBN-10:
0691089876
ISBN-13:
9780691089874
Pub. Date:
07/02/2001
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
The Making of the Magdalen: Preaching and Popular Devotion in the Later Middle Ages

The Making of the Magdalen: Preaching and Popular Devotion in the Later Middle Ages

by Katherine Ludwig Jansen

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The Making of the Magdalen: Preaching and Popular Devotion in the Later Middle Ages

"An exciting and well-written work based on outstanding research. Katherine Jansen neatly lays out how the late medieval Magdalen was 'created,' partly by errors and misunderstandings, partly as conscious creation for both spiritual and political needs. There are moments in this book that are as much fun as a good mystery story."—Penelope D. Johnson, New York University

"Katherine Jansen's major study emerges as a real masterpiece. With subtlety and clarity she untangles the thread of multiple images of the saint, sometimes contradictory or paradoxical. She has established an exemplary historical study of undeniable solidity and great suggestive force."—Nicole Beriou, University Lumire Lyon 2 (France)

"A wonderful book: exhaustively researched, masterfully crafted, deftly written, strongly persuasive, and full of keen-sighted aperus."—Robert E. Lerner, Northwestern University

"Spirituality, iconography, saints, cults, religious women, and Mary Magdalen herself, all marginal to historical discourse until recently, are skillfully woven together in this book of central importance for understanding later medieval religion and society."—Lester K. Little, American Academy in Rome

"Thoroughly grounded in the intricacies and history of medieval Magdalen legends, Jansen's superb research of previously unexplored sources highlights new evidence that medieval preachers were convinced that Mary Magdalen indeed preached. This fascinating book casts new light on how Mary Magdalen was represented in sermons, art, and the minds of late medieval Christians. Captivating and essential reading for scholars of medieval religion and history, this clearly written book will appeal to all those interested in Mary Magdalen."—Beverly Kienzle, Harvard Divinity School

"This original and beautifully written book traces change in the image of and devotion to Mary Magdalen from the High Middle Ages to the cusp of modernity. This is a book for historians and history buffs, feminists and all who are interested in Christian popular devotion."—E. Ann Matter, University of Pennsylvania

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ISBN-13: 9780691089874
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 07/02/2001
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 408
Sales rank: 1,023,634
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.05(d)

About the Author

Katherine Ludwig Jansen is Assistant Professor of History at Catholic University.

Table of Contents

Illustrationsvii
Acknowledgmentsxi
Abbreviationsxv
A Note on Transcription, Translation, and Namesxvii
Introduction3
1"In Memory of Her": From History to Legend18
Part IThe Mendicant Magdalen
2The Vita Apostolica49
3The Vita Activa100
4The Vita Contemplativa116
Part IIThe Wages of Sin
5"Vanity of Vanities, All Is Vanity"145
6"There Was a Sinner in the City"168
Part IIIDo Penance
7The Exemplar of Perfect Penance199
Part IVResponses
8Responses to the Scriptural Saint247
9Responses to the Legendary Saint265
10In the Shadow of the Virgin286
11The House of Anjou: A Royal Response307
Epilogue: "In Memory of Her": From Legend to History333
Bibliography of Works Cited337
Unpublished Primary Sources337
Published Primary Sources339
Secondary Sources348
Index371

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Johnson

An exciting and well-written work based on outstanding research. Katherine Jansen neatly lays out how the late medieval Magdalen was 'created,' partly by errors and misunderstandings, partly as conscious creation for both spiritual and political needs. There are moments in this book that are as much fun as a good mystery story.
Penelope D. Johnson, New York University

Beverly Kienzle

Thoroughly grounded in the intricacies and history of medieval Magdalen legends, Jansen's superb research of previously unexplored sources highlights new evidence that medieval preachers were convinced that Mary Magdalen indeed preached. This fascinating book casts new light on how Mary Magdalen was represented in sermons, art, and the minds of late medieval Christians. Captivating and essential reading for scholars of medieval religion and history, this clearly written book will appeal to all those interested in Mary Magdalen.
Beverly Kienzle, Harvard Divinity School

Little

Spirituality, iconography, saints, cults, religious women, and Mary Magdalen herself, all marginal to historical discourse until recently, are skillfully woven together in this book of central importance for understanding later medieval religion and society.
Lester K. Little, American Academy in Rome

Nicole Beriou

Katherine Jansen's major study emerges as a real masterpiece. With subtlety and clarity she untangles the thread of multiple images of the saint, sometimes contradictory or paradoxical. She has established an exemplary historical study of undeniable solidity and great suggestive force.
Nicole Beriou, University Lumiere Lyon 2 (France)

Lerner

A wonderful book: exhaustively researched, masterfully crafted, deftly written, strongly persuasive, and full of keen-sighted aperçus.
Robert E. Lerner, Northwestern University

Penelope D. Johnson

An exciting and well-written work based on outstanding research. Katherine Jansen neatly lays out how the late medieval Magdalen was 'created,' partly by errors and misunderstandings, partly as conscious creation for both spiritual and political needs. There are moments in this book that are as much fun as a good mystery story.

E. Ann Matter

This original and beautifully written book traces change in the image of and devotion to Mary Magdalen from the High Middle Ages to the cusp of modernity. This is a book for historians and history buffs, feminists and all who are interested in Christian popular devotion.
E. Ann Matter, University of Pennsylvania

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