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Legend Of Holy Women: Theology

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"This book is...a fascinating read with insight into the representation of women in the late Middle Ages, and a peek into the life of their chatty fifteenth-century biography". -- The Catholic World

Sheila Delany's spirited translation of Osbern Bokenham's Legendys of Hooly Wummen makes available in modern English the first all-female hagiography, closely translated from La

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Paperback, 240 pages
Published December 31st 1992 by University of Notre Dame Press (first published July 31st 1992)
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Melissa
Oct 26, 2014 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Translator Sheila Delany puts forth the hypothesis that Bokenham may have read and perhaps even modeled the organization of his Legends of Holy Women on Geoffrey Chaucer's Legend of Good Women, and while I think occasionally her evidence is stretching the point a little, in general there are some very good reasons for the comparison. Although this text is a prose translation, in the original ms. Bokenham makes use of a variety of verse forms, including Chaucer's invention, the rhyme royal. Like ...more
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