Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The Church and Vernacular Literature in Medieval France

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The Church and Vernacular Literature in Medieval France

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The Church and Vernacular Literature in Medieval France, ed. Dorothea Kullmann, Toronto Studies in Romance Philology 1; Studies and Texts 165 (Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, 2009). viii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-0-88844-165-2. $75.00. The twelve essays in this volume - in French and English - address various aspects of the relationship between Old French literary production and transmission, and the Latin Church. Topics covered include vernacular translations or paraphrases of biblical and liturgical texts; hagiographie works, including saints' lives, lives of the Virgin, miracle stories, and miracle plays; organizational principles in manuscript anthologies combining sacred and secular texts; exploitation of text- music relations in lyric contrafacta, where sacred Latin and secular vernacular songs share a common melody; and comparison of Latin and vernacular songs of lamentation. …

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