Marian maternity in late-medieval England

Mary Beth Long
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This study investigates the lack of clarity about medieval English depictions of the Virgin Mary’s maternal practices, examining both well-known and esoteric devotional texts, images, plays, theology, and architecture to flesh out how medieval Christians in England understood her status and behaviors as a mother. It considers manuscript contexts and geography, politics as well as prayers, as it wrestles with how and why Mary’s devotees tried to imitate her maternity, and how the late medieval Church and its sympathizers revised the maternal Mary to suit lay preferences.

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