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By Miri Rubin

3 reviews on medieval faith with the subsequent topics: a historiographical body for the learn of spiritual cultures; the polemical occasions round Mary; devotional encounters with the determine of the Virgin Mary within the sentimental schooling skilled by means of Europeans.

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In a world which was becoming ever fuller of knowledge of Mary and even more familiar with representations of her, he chose to expound Mary-lore while dwelling on the ever-present danger posed to her by the Jews. Gautier’s praise of Mary is clear and confident: Fresh and bright rose, full of the Holy Spirit, you will be daughter and mother to the sovereign son of God. Your substance was so very orderly, pure and harmonious that in you your father took human form and flesh. ” A story, which had spread from Constantinople since at least the seventh century, was rewritten by Gautier into a miraculous narrative for his own time.

Like Columbus and Luther, the Franciscans of New Spain are best understood within the traditions of medieval religious cultures and the politics of European courts. 22 These friars possessed a developed Marian sensibility linked with themes of Passion and compassion, in words and images. Their habits of thought, prayer and contemplation were deeply touched by association with Mary. The music they brought, which served as a tool of 32 mission, was inspired by the polyphony of the Burgundian court, as it had been adapted and developed by the Spanish court.

22 See image of the arrival of the Franciscans in the Description of Tlaxcala c. 1583–5, Serge Gruzinski, Painting the Conquest: the Mexican Indians and the European Imagination, trans. Deke Dusinberre, Paris, 1992, p. 44, figure 28. , Berkeley (CA), 1970, p. 50. 24 Louise M. Burkhart, “‘Here is another marvel’: Marian miracle narratives in a Nahuatl manuscript,” in Spiritual Encoun- 42 ters: Interactions between Christianity and Native Religions in Colonial America, ed. Nicholas Griffiths and Fernando Cervantes, Birmingham, 1999, pp.

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