Miracles of the Blessed Virgin Mary

November 2015
356 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Boydell Medieval Texts
ISBN: 9781783270163
Format: Hardback
Boydell Press
BISAC HIS037010, REL077000

Miracles of the Blessed Virgin Mary

William of Malmesbury

Edited by Michael Winterbottom, R.M. Thomson

The Miracles of the Virgin Mary, written c. 1135 by the Benedictine monk and historian William of Malmesbury (d. 1143), is an important document in the history of Marian devotion in medieval Europe.
This is the first title in the new series Boydell Medieval Texts, which will provide scholarly editions of major works with facing translation.
Written c. 1135 by the Benedictine monk, historian and scholar William of Malmesbury (d. 1143), The Miracles of the Blessed Virgin Mary is of interest on several counts. It belongs in the first wave of collected miracles of the Virgin, produced by English Benedictine monks in the 1120s and '30s. These collections were to be influential across Europe and through the rest of the medieval period. Only two copies of William's work survive in anything like its complete form, and only one of them represents the finished product. But many of the stories were also transmitted separately, in groups or individually; the systematic use of this evidence is a feature of this new text.
The work is written in elegant Latin and embellished with William's customary erudition, including frequent quotations and echoes from (sometimes unusual) ancient authors. His instinct as a historian is to the fore, as he tries to establish historical context and credibility for his stories. Above all, the scope of the collection is surprisingly international, including stories drawn from all around the Mediterranean.
This is an important document in the history of Marian devotion in medieval Europe. In his long Prologue (which enjoyed some independent circulation), William argues strongly for the Virgin's Immaculate Conception and bodily Assumption, doctrines still not generally accepted in western Europe at the time.
With the appearance of this book all of William of Malmesbury's major works are available in modern editions and translations. A paperback edition of the translation alone is also available (9781783271962).

Table of Contents

Text and Translation
Appendix A: The contents of collections of Marian miracles used by William
Appendix B: Manuscripts containing collections of Marian miracles
Index of Sources
General Index



The edition is almost immaculate. ARCHIVES

[An] elegant translation ... reliable, meticulously referenced, readable, and easily accessible. THE MEDIEVAL REVIEW

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