Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Vies Médiévales De Marie-Madeleine

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Vies Médiévales De Marie-Madeleine

Article excerpt

Olivier Collet and Sylviane Messerli, Vies médiévales de Marie-Madeleine, Textes vernaculaires du Moyen Age 3 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2008). 709 pp. ISBN 978-2-501-52821-2. euro95.00. Confronted with hundreds of largely unedited manuscript witnesses of French versions of the life of St Mary Magdalene, Olivier Collet and Sylviane Messerli demonstrate admirably that it is possible to take an exhaustive approach to editing a widely disseminated saint's life while conducting thorough readings of individual versions. Prefatory material presents the vita itself (based on Gospel accounts of several different Marys), the miracles performed by the saint in Provence, and the translatif) of her relics to Vézelay, as well as summarizing the transmission of these stories in Latin and the vernacular. It is the so-called 'Marseilles Miracle' that receives the most fascinating treatment by medieval hagiographers: this curious tale, of a mother who seemingly dies in childbirth but is able to suckle her newborn child in a state of suspended animation thanks to Mary Magdalene's miraculous intervention, receives not inconsiderable reworking at the hands of vernacular hagiographers (in one case the mother is replaced with a monkey). …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.