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Miracles of Our Lady

Author: Gonzalo de Berceo; Richard Terry Mount; Annette Grant Cash
Publisher: Lexington : University Press of Kentucky, ©1997.
Series: Studies in Romance languages (Lexington, Ky.), 41.
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Miracle tales, in which people are rewarded for piety or punished for sin through the intervention of the Virgin Mary, were a popular literary form throughout the Middle Ages. Milagros Nuestra Senora, a collection of such stories by the Spanish secular priest Gonzalo de Berceo, is not only a premier example of this genre but is also widely regarded as one of the four most important texts of medieval Spain.
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Genre/Form: Poetry
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Berceo, Gonzalo de, 13th cent.
Miracles of Our Lady.
Lexington : University Press of Kentucky, ©1997
(OCoLC)644133256
Named Person: Mary, Blessed Virgin Saint; Mary, Blessed Virgin Saint; Mary, Blessed Virgin Saint.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gonzalo de Berceo; Richard Terry Mount; Annette Grant Cash
ISBN: 0813120195 9780813120195
OCLC Number: 36225071
Description: xiv, 158 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: 1. The Chasuble of Saint Ildephonsus --
2. The Fornicating Sexton --
3. The Cleric and the Flower --
4. The Virgin's Reward --
5. The Charitable Pauper --
6. The Devout Thief --
7. Saint Peter and the Proud Monk --
8. The Pilgrim Deceived by the Devil --
9. The Simple Cleric --
10. The Two Brothers --
11. The Greedy Farmer --
12. The Prior and Uberto the Sexton --
13. Jeronimo, the New Bishop of Pavia --
14. The Image Miraculously Spared by the Flames --
15. The Wedding and the Virgin --
16. The Little Jewish Boy --
17. Saint Mary's Church Profaned --
18. The Jews of Toledo --
19. The Pregnant Woman Saved by the Virgin --
20. The Drunk Monk --
21. The Pregnant Abbess --
22. The Shipwrecked Pilgrim Saved by the Virgin --
23. The Merchant of Byzantium --
24 (25). The Robbed Church --
25 (24). The Miracle of Theophilus.
Series Title: Studies in Romance languages (Lexington, Ky.), 41.
Other Titles: Milagros de Nuestra Señora.
Responsibility: Gonzalo de Berceo ; translated by Richard Terry Mount and Annette Grant Cash.

Abstract:

Miracle tales, in which people are rewarded for piety or punished for sin through the intervention of the Virgin Mary, were a popular literary form throughout the Middle Ages. Milagros Nuestra Senora, a collection of such stories by the Spanish secular priest Gonzalo de Berceo, is not only a premier example of this genre but is also widely regarded as one of the four most important texts of medieval Spain.

These miracle tales use the verse form cuaderna via (fourfold way) of fully rhymed quatrains - which Berceo may even have invented - and are told in the language of the common man. They were written to be read aloud, most likely to an audience of pilgrims, and are an outstanding example of oral religious narrative. The total work comprises twenty-five miracles, preceded by a renowned introduction that celebrates the Virgin in rich symbolic allegory.

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"Berceo combines didacticism and reverence with powerful storytelling and powerful stories, and in this first English translation of the collection, Mount and Cash do justice to the model." -- Read more...

 
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