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A Maid with a Dragon: The Cult of St Margaret of Antioch in Medieval England

Juliana Dresvina


This is the first comprehensive interdisciplinary study of the cult of St Margaret of Antioch in medieval England. Margaret was one of the most famous female saints of both the Catholic world and of Eastern Christianity (as St Marina). Her legend is remembered by her confrontation with a dragon-shaped devil, who allegedly swallowed Margaret and then burst asunder. This episode became firmly established in iconography, making her one of the most frequently represented saints. Margaret was supposedly martyred in the late third century, but apart from the historically problematic legend there is ... More

Keywords: hagiography, legend, iconography, St Margaret, dragon, demonology, theology, mouvance, relic, translation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780197265963
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197265963.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Juliana Dresvina, author
Middlebury Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Oxford

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