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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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Reading classical authors in Capgrave’s Life of St Katherine

Reading classical authors in Capgrave’s Life of St Katherine

(p.134) 7 Reading classical authors in Capgrave’s Life of St Katherine
Sanctity As Literature In Late Medieval Britain

Sarah James

Manchester University Press

In his Life of St Katherine, John Capgrave comes to the fore as a literary writer who self-consciously situates himself within a tradition of authorship that goes back to classical sources. Capgrave alludes to passages from Ovid (via Chaucer) and Virgil, in particular in the fourth book. In his depiction of Katherine’s sanctity, Capgrave attempts a strategy of ‘humanisation’ meant to offer genuine exemplarity that is based on rhetorical and literary expertise.

Keywords:   John Capgrave, St Katherine, Virgil, Ovid, classical literature, authorship

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