Christ, Mary, and the Saints

Reading Religious Subjects in Medieval and Renaissance Spain


The last decade has witnessed a striking upsurge of interest in Iberian hagiography. In painting and the fine arts through to poetic and narrative treatments composed in Castilian and Catalan, the legacies of Christ, Mary, and the saints have been approached from a range of perspectives and subjected to detailed critical scrutiny. This book, which focuses specifically on the application of theoretical and methodological approaches to analysis, asks what scholars of early Iberian hagiography can bring to the analysis of the sacred past and how the study of the discipline can be taken forward innovatively in the future. Its fourteen essays, each focusing on a different aspect of composition, seek in particular to explore interdisciplinary methodologies and the ways in which they intersect with broader discourses in other branches of research.

Contributors are Carme Arronis Llopis, Fernando Baños Vallejo, Andrew M. Beresford, Sarah Jane Boss, Sarah V. Buxton, Marinela Garcia Sempere, Ryan D. Giles, Ariel Guiance, Lluís Ramon i Ferrer, Rebeca Sanmartín Bastida, Connie L. Scarborough, and Lesley K. Twomey.

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Andrew M. Beresford is Professor of Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the University of Durham. He has published widely on Spanish hagiography and devotional literature, including monographs on Thaïs and Pelagia (2007), Agnes (2007), and Agatha and Lucy (2010).
Lesley K. Twomey is Professor of Medieval and Golden Age Iberian Art and Literature at the University of Northumbria, Newcastle. She has published on the Immaculate Conception in Castilian and Catalan poetry (2008) and a study of Marian devotion in Isabel de Villena’s Vita Christi (2013). Her new book is on the Virgin as Sacred Space.
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