Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Passion Catalane-Occitane

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Passion Catalane-Occitane

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Passion catalane-accitane, ed. and trans. Aileen Ann MacDonald, Textes litteraires francais 518 (Geneva: Droz, 1999). 368 pp. ISBN 2-600-00378-9. Sw. Fr. 40.00.

This edition of one of the fourteenth-century mysteries written in Occitan was previously published by W. P. Shepard as the Passion provenfale du manuscrit Didot. The title adopted here is the result of the analysis which Aileen MacDonald has carried out in relation to the literary and liturgical tradition and the origins of this mystery.

It relates the events leading up to the Passion of Christ and his Resurrection, and concentrates on the story of Judas and his incest with his mother, the descent of Jesus into hell, the purchase of the balm by the three Marys and their visit to the sepulchre after Easter. It is clear that the mystery links into the network of liturgical and biblical texts common to Catalonia and the south of France from an early period. The dramatic development of the mystery from being an aspect of the liturgy is well documented and the material of the hymns was then acted out. There are attestations of groups of nine players acting out this mystery especially in Vic and Girona.

The study of the background inclines to the assertion of Catalan scholars that the mystery was originally written in Catalan, whereas Shepard was of the opinion, based on an examination of the language of the manuscript (Paris, Bibliotheque Nationale, MS nouv. …

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