The thirteenth century was the golden age of French verse hagiography, and more than half of the two hundred extant French saints' lives date from this period. Among the saints exalted are thirteen female martyrs and hermits of early Christianity. In The Lady as Saint, Brigitte Cazelles offers the first English translation of these lives and provides extensive commentary on the portrayal of female spirituality and perfection in the literary context of twelfth and thirteenth-century France.
Author: Brigitte Cazelles
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