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Miracles of Our Lady

Miracles of Our Lady

Gonzalo de Berceo
Richard Terry Mount
Annette Grant Cash
Copyright Date: 1997
Pages: 176
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    Miracles of Our Lady
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    Miracle tales, in which people are rewarded for piety or punished for sin through the intervention of the Virgin Mary, were a popular literary form all through the Middle Ages.Milagros de Nuestra Sehora, a collection of such stories by the Spanish secular priest Gonzalo de Berceo, is a premier example of this genre; it is also regarded as one of the four most important texts of medieval Spain. Difficulties in translating this work have made it unavailable in English except in fragments; now Spanish-language scholars Richard Terry Mount and Annette Grant Cash have made the entire work accessible to English readers for the first time.

    Berceo's miracle tales use the verse formcuaderna via(fourfold way) of fully rhymed quatrains -- which Berceo may even have invented -- and are told in the language of the common man. They were written to be read aloud, most likely to an audience of pilgrims, and are an outstanding example of oral religious narrative. The total work comprises twenty-five miracles, preceded by a renowned Introduction that celebrates the Virgin in rich symbolic allegory. Mount and Cash's translation is highly readable, yet it retains the original meaning and captures Berceo's colloquial style and medieval nuances.

    An introduction placing the miracles in their medieval context and a bibliography complement the text.

    eISBN: 978-0-8131-5652-1
    Subjects: Language & Literature, Sociology

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. Foreword
    (pp. ix-xii)
    John E. Keller

    We are fortunate to have at last a translation into English of Gonzalo de Berceo’sMilagros de Nuestra Señora, and in passing, we have a right to wonder why though the two other most studied works of the Spanish Middle Ages have been in translated form for decades theMilagroshave not been. There are at least four translations of theLibro de buen amorof the fourteenth-century Juan Ruiz, Archpriest of Hita; and at least three of Don Juan Manuel’sEl Conde Lucanor, also of the fourteenth century, are available. Both have been edited several times by scholars of...

  4. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xiii-xiv)
  5. Translators’ Introduction
    (pp. 1-20)

    Gonzalo de Berceo, the first important Spanish poet known to us by name, was born in the La Rioja region of northeastern Castile in the last years of the twelfth century. He was an elder contemporary of the great learned king Alfonso X the Wise of Castile and, like Alfonso—who produced the multifaceted Galician-Portuguese collection of Marian miracles,Canticles of Holy Mary(Cantigas de Santa Maria)—he wrote a collection of miracles of the Virgin Mary (Miracles of Our Lady), the first such collection written in Castilian.

    Berceo wrote in the erudite poetic form ofcuaderna vía(fourfold way),...

  6. Introduction
    (pp. 21-27)
  7. Miracle 1 The Chasuble of Saint Ildephonsus
    (pp. 28-31)
  8. Miracle 2 The Fornicating Sexton
    (pp. 32-35)
  9. Miracle 3 The Cleric and the Flower
    (pp. 36-37)
  10. Miracle 4 The Virgin’s Reward
    (pp. 38-40)
  11. Miracle 5 The Charitable Pauper
    (pp. 41-42)
  12. Miracle 6 The Devout Thief
    (pp. 43-45)
  13. Miracle 7 Saint Peter and the Proud Monk
    (pp. 46-48)
  14. Miracle 8 The Pilgrim Deceived by the Devil
    (pp. 49-53)
  15. Miracle 9 The Simple Cleric
    (pp. 54-56)
  16. Miracle 10 The Two Brothers
    (pp. 57-61)
  17. Miracle 11 The Greedy Farmer
    (pp. 62-63)
  18. Miracle 12 The Prior and Uberto the Sexton
    (pp. 64-67)
  19. Miracle 13 Jerónimo, the New Bishop of Pavia
    (pp. 68-69)
  20. Miracle 14 The Image Miraculously Spared by the Flames
    (pp. 70-72)
  21. Miracle 15 The Wedding and the Virgin
    (pp. 73-76)
  22. Miracle 16 The Little Jewish Boy
    (pp. 77-80)
  23. Miracle 17 Saint Mary’s Church Profaned
    (pp. 81-85)
  24. Miracle 18 The Jews of Toledo
    (pp. 86-88)
  25. Miracle 19 The Pregnant Woman Saved by the Virgin
    (pp. 89-92)
  26. Miracle 20 The Drunk Monk
    (pp. 93-97)
  27. Miracle 21 The Pregnant Abbess
    (pp. 98-108)
  28. Miracle 22 The Shipwrecked Pilgrim Saved by the Virgin
    (pp. 109-113)
  29. Miracle 23 The Merchant of Byzantium
    (pp. 114-122)
  30. Miracle 24 (25) The Robbed Church
    (pp. 123-128)
  31. Miracle 25 (24) The Miracle of Theophilus
    (pp. 129-147)
  32. Selected Bibliography
    (pp. 148-155)
  33. Index
    (pp. 156-160)