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Sanctity As Literature In Late Medieval Britain$
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Eva von Contzen and Anke Bernau

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780719089701

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719089701.001.0001

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Afterword: calendar time in balade form

Afterword: calendar time in balade form

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Sanctity As Literature In Late Medieval Britain

Catherine Sanok

Manchester University Press

In Osbern Bokenham’s Life of St Ursula and the 11,000 Virgins, secular and sacred time are negotiated and ultimately collapse in literary form. Medieval literature more generally does not allow for a clear-cut distinction between ‘secular’ and ‘religious’ time, and the focus on sanctity as a crucial aspect of these processes draws one’s attention to the importance of form, i.e. how different manifestations of time are negotiated. All of the articles in the volume are engaged with questions of literary form and temporality in relation to sanctity.

Keywords:   Osbern Bokenham, form, temporality, secularity, sanctity

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