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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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Virginity, sexuality, and temptation

Virginity, sexuality, and temptation

Chapter:
(p.147) 9 Virginity, sexuality, and temptation
Source:
A Maid with a Dragon
Author(s):

Juliana Dresvina

Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197265963.003.0009

Chapter 9 attempts to redirect the focus of attention from virginity as a sexually appealing category and from the saint’s corporeality as an inevitable reason for the saint’s sexual temptation. It suggests that in the early Latin passiones Margaret regards her embodiment as of secondary importance compared to her spirituality and inner self. The chapter then focuses on the nuptial rhetoric of the legend, which is closely linked with virginity in medieval theology and liturgy.

Keywords:   virginity, corporeality, sexuality, temptation, spirituality, spiritual marriage, liturgy, theology, passio, Latin

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