The Legenda Aurea: A Re-examination of Its Paradoxical History

The Legenda Aurea: A Re-examination of Its Paradoxical History

By: Sherry L. Reames (author)Hardback

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In the thirteenth century a young Dominican friar, Jacobus de Voragine, compiled the book that came to be known as the "Legenda aurea," a collection of medieval lore about the saints and holidays of the church. Through the centuries this noted book has had a conspicuously uneven reputation: enormous popularity in the late Middle Ages, a precipitous decline during the Renaissance, and a gradual rehabilitation in the modern era. Sherry L. Reames s study of the "Legenda aurea" offers the first comprehensive account of the book s history and of the qualities that differentiate it from earlier and less controversial works about the saints. The fresh perspective introduced by this study will provide new insights and challenge old myths for historians, literary critics, theologians, and students concerned with medieval culture and hagiography."

About Author

Sherry L. Reames is professor emerita of English and Medieval Studies at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Her many publications include "Middle English Legends of Women Saints.""

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  • ISBN13: 9780299101503
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 384
  • ID: 9780299101503
  • ISBN10: 0299101509

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