- Title Pages
1The legend is born: early Greek, Latin, and insular versions
2Thirteenth-century anonymous Margaret poems and their later redactions
3Sanctae Margaretae, virginis et martyris: Latin texts of the later Middle Ages and their derivatives
4The St Margaret of the preachers
5St Margaret on the stage
6East Anglian Margarets: Lydgate, Bokenham, and the Harley 4012 compiler
7A prose life of St Margaret in Bodleian MS Eng. th. e. 18
8Evidence for the cult of St Margaret in late medieval England
9Virginity, sexuality, and temptation
10Done to death: the torture of St Margaret in historical perspective
11The significance of the demonic episode in the legend of St Margaret
12Iconography of St Margaret
EpilogueSt Margaret’s afterlife
Appendix 1Medieval lives of St Margaret
Appendix 2Examples of the images of St Margaret in different media
Appendix 3Descriptions of the dragon and demon in different versions of the life of St Margaret, and the appearance of the dragon in artistic representations
Appendix 4Pictorial cycles of the life of St Margaret, English and Continental
- (p.1) Introduction
- A Maid with a Dragon
- British Academy
The introduction outlines the subject, sources, methodology, and the scope of the monograph. It then provides the synopsis of St Margaret’s legend – her noble origins, Christian education by the nurse, encounter with the pagan prefect Olibrius, arrest, torture, imprisonment, assault by a demonic dragon, interrogation of the black demon, heavenly apparitions, beheading by Malchus, burial, and posthumous miracles. It then discusses the structure and the content of the legend, highlighting its dichotomies: private–public, country–city, enclosure–spectacle, Christian–pagan, wholeness–fragmentation, and, of course, divine–demonic, action–reaction.
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