Academic journal article Anglican and Episcopal History

Walsingham and the English Imagination

Academic journal article Anglican and Episcopal History

Walsingham and the English Imagination

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Walsingham and the English Imagination. By Gary Waller. (Farnham, Surrey, and Burlington, Vermont: Ashgate, 2011, Pp. xii, 237. $99.95.)

The Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham was the site of significant religious devotion from its founding during the twelfth century until Henry VHI's break with Rome during the 1530s. A revival of interest in the shrine occurred during the nineteenth century and has been sustained until the present; the publisher noted on the dust-jacket that the shrine was voted the favorite religious site in Britain in 2006. Gary Waller, professor of literature and cultural studies at Purchase College, SUNY, and co-editor, with Dominic Janes, of Wahingham in Literature and Culture from the Middle Ages to Modernity (2010), has produced a provocative scholarly study on the origins, development, and significance of the shrine and Marian worship within the context of the English imagination. This multi-disciplinary study has been structured into eight chronological chapters and includes "Historical Imagination: The Invented Tradition of Our Lady of Walsingham," "Gynotheological Imagination: The Virgin's Body and the Alternate Mariologies of Late Medieval Walsingham," "Walsingham's Chaucer: Erasmus's Peregrinatio Religionis Ergo," " 'As You Came from Walsingham': Walsingham in Poetry and Music after the Dissolution," "The Protestantization of Walsingham," "Walsingham's Victorian Chaucer: Agnes Strickland's The Pilgrims of Walsingham," "Re-Catholicization: Walsingham in Literature from Hopkins and Waterton to A. …

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