Women Saints' Lives in Old English Prose Paperback – Apr 20 2006
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From the Back Cover
Devout, virtuous and independent, the heroines of Old English saints' lives (one of the most popular literary genres of the middle ages) provided exemplars of personal and public inspiration for medieval Christians. The eight lives translated here are the earliest known vernacular accounts of the biographies of AEthelthryth, Agatha, Agnes, Cecilia, Eugenia, Euphrosyne, Lucy, and Mary of Egypt.
Each life is preceded by a brief description of the saint's cult from its early Christian origins to its presence in Anglo-Saxon culture. The translation is accompanied by an introduction establishing the general background for the genre, the conventions of women saints' lives, and women's religious culture in Anglo-Saxon England. An interpretive essay exploring the relationships between explicit presentations of the female body and the strength of spiritual authority as exhibited in these texts completes the volume.
About the Author
Leslie A. Donovan is an associate professor of the Honors College at the University of New Mexico. In addition to Tolkien courses, she teaches interdisciplinary undergraduate courses in the humanities as well as Writing and Communications. Her publications include studies on the mythology of Middle-earth, valkyries in "The Lord of the Rings", women saints in Old English prose, "Beowulf", and various topics in pedagogy.
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