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Legend of Holy Women, A

Legend of Holy Women, A

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Sheila Delany's spirited translation of Osbern Bokenham's Legendys of Hooly Wummen (1443-1447) makes available in modern English the first all-female hagiography. Closely translated from elaborate, Latinate Middle English verse into fluent prose, A Legend of Holy Women contains the Augustinian friar's version of the stories of 13 women saints from gospel, apocrypha, martyrology, and high-medieval history. As Delany writes in her comprehensive introduction, "Bokenham gives us not only an all-female hagiography--an authorial decision significant in its own right--but a gallery of powerful, articulate women who are indubitably worthy to do God's work. Some of them are well-educated, some give sound political advice to a monarch, some preach, converting hundreds and thousands to Christianity, some walk on water or perform resurrection. Nor are they pacifists; on the contrary, they call for divinely inflicted vengeance and approve violence in their cause." Delany argues that Geoffrey Chaucer's Legend of Good Women provided a principle of selection and of arrangement for Bokenham's array of saints. She suggests further that the friar's choice of all-female hagiography, and his poetic representation of holy women, are closely linked to patronage and politics in fifteenth-century England. The translation is accompanied by full notes which, along with the introduction, make the book accessible to a wide audience. It will appeal to all readers interested in the representation of women in late-medieval culture as well as to scholars and students in medieval, renaissance, religious, and women's studies.
About the Author: Dr. Sheila Delany is an emerita professor of English at Simon Fraser University.

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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780268012953
  • Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
  • Publisher Imprint: University of Notre Dame Press
  • Depth: 19
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: Y
  • Spine Width: 20 mm
  • Weight: 331 gr
  • ISBN-10: 0268012954
  • Publisher Date: 31 Dec 1992
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Height: 233 mm
  • No of Pages: 256
  • Series Title: Notre Dame Texts in Medieval Culture
  • Sub Title: Osbern Bokenham Legends of Holy Women
  • Width: 141 mm

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