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A Maid with a DragonThe Cult of St Margaret of Antioch in Medieval England$
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Juliana Dresvina

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780197265963

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197265963.001.0001

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Sanctae Margaretae, virginis et martyris: Latin texts of the later Middle Ages and their derivatives

Sanctae Margaretae, virginis et martyris: Latin texts of the later Middle Ages and their derivatives

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(p.77) 3 Sanctae Margaretae, virginis et martyris: Latin texts of the later Middle Ages and their derivatives
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A Maid with a Dragon
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Juliana Dresvina

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197265963.003.0003

Chapter 3 focuses on the Latin versions of St Margaret’s vita, circulating in medieval England. These include the one from the Golden Legend (Legenda Aurea), which became a base for many other versions, both Latin and vernacular. Its influence is also found in some of the English breviaries, discussed in the second section of the chapter. The chapter proceeds with an overview of Latin verses and hymns to St Margaret and finally discusses the vernacular texts influenced by the Legenda Aurea: the two Middle English translations, the Gilte Legende and Caxton’s Golden Legend; Nicholas Bozon’s Anglo-Norman verse life, and St Margaret’s legend from the Scottish Legendary.

Keywords:   vita, Legenda Aurea, breviary, hymn, Gilte Legende, Golden Legend, William Caxton, Nicholas Bozon, Scottish Legendary

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