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The making of the Magdalen : preaching and popular devotion in the later Middle Ages

Author: Katherine Ludwig Jansen
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Best known during the Middle Ages as the prostitute who became a faithful follower of Christ, Mary Magdalen was the most beloved female saint after the Virgin Mary. Why the Magdalen became so popular, what meanings she conveyed, and how her story evolved over the centuries are the focus of this compelling exploration of late medieval religious culture." "Through the lens of medieval preaching, as well as the  Read more...
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Named Person: Mary Magdalene, Saint; Mary Magdalene, Saint; Marie-Madeleine, sainte; Marie-Madeleine, sainte; Maria Magdalena; Maria Magdalena.
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Katherine Ludwig Jansen
ISBN: 0691058504 9780691058504
OCLC Number: 42296185
Description: xiii, 389 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: "In Memory of Her": From History to Legend --
The Mendicant Magdalen --
The Vita Apostolica --
The Vita Activa --
The Vita Contemplativa --
The Wages of Sin --
"Vanity of Vanities, All Is Vanity" --
"There Was a Sinner in the City" --
Do Penance --
The Exemplar of Perfect Penance --
Responses --
Responses to the Scriptural Saint --
Responses to the Legendary Saint --
In the Shadow of the Virgin --
The House of Anjou: A Royal Response --
Epilogue: "In Memory of Her": From Legend to History.
Responsibility: Katherine Ludwig Jansen.
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Known during the Middle Ages as the prostitute who became a follower of Christ, Mary Magdalen was the most beloved female saint after the Virgin Mary. Why she became so popular, what meanings she  Read more...

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"Jansen offers us a well-written book that brilliantly explores one of the most important saintly cults of the medieval era."--Bernard Schlager, "The Historian"

 
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