The Sacred Space of the Virgin Mary in Medieval Hispanic Literature

February 2019
19 black and white illustrations
496 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Monografias A
ISBN: 9781855663237
Format: Hardback
Tamesis Books
BISAC LIT004280, REL040030, HIS037010

The Sacred Space of the Virgin Mary in Medieval Hispanic Literature

from Gonzalo de Berceo to Ambrosio Montesino

Lesley K. Twomey

An examination of typology about place in relation to the Virgin Mary.
This book takes a fresh look at some of the seemingly tired images of the Virgin Mary across the medieval and early Golden Age period in Hispanic literatures. It explores the Virgin as a gateway and as a Temple, as a garden and as a fountain, as a scented space, and as a strong defensive place (fortress or castle wall). It also explores her as a home and as a nuptial bedchamber, and sets these images in the context of known liturgical usage in medieval and early modern Spain.

LESLEY TWOMEY is Professor of Medieval and Golden Age Art and Literature at Northumbria University. She is the author of several books about peninsular Marian literature.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Abbreviations
Sacred Spaces and Places: Constructing the Virgin Mary in Hispanic Literature
A Feast of Miracles: Foreign Places, Foreign Spaces in Hispanic Miracle Collections
Hortus conclusus?: Virginity and Fruitful Space in Gonzalo de Berceo's Los Milagros de Nuestra Señora
Holding and Reflecting the Water of Life in Gonzalo de Berceo's 'fuent': Wellsprings and Fountains as a Figure of the Virgin
Fountains and their Architecture: Situating Fountains in the Poetry of the Marqués de Santillana and Other Fifteenth-Century Poets
The Temple Gate, the Lions' Den, and the Furnace: Liminal Space in Gonzalo de Berceo's Marian Poetry
Re-evaluating the Temple of God, the Tabernacle, the Ark, and the Reliquary in Late-Medieval Poetry
Home is where the Heart is: Christ's Dwelling-Place from Gonzalo de Berceo's Loores de Nuestra Señora to the Vita Christi of Isabel de Villena
Mary as a Strong Defence: the Protective Space of the Virgin Mary from Alfonso X's Cantigas de Santa Maria to Jaume Roig's Siege Engine
'Más olías que ambargris': Perfumed Spaces and the Virgin in Fray Ambrosio Montesino's Poetry
Appendix: Marian Hymns in Hispanic Liturgies

Author Bio

is Professor at the University of Northumbria, having previously graduated from Manchester University and Hull University.

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