Moralizing Monsters: Heretics in the Bible Moralisée, Vienna 2554 Public Deposited

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  • Grady, Erin
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Art and Art History, Art History
  • This thesis examines the early thirteenth-century manuscript Vienna 2554 in order to understand the place of heresy and hybridity in its pages and in its broader cultural context. The approach is founded on concepts of hybridity and monstrosity found in Classical and medieval writers. The thesis argues that the Bible moralisée’s representation of heretics as or alongside monsters reflects the religious and cultural place of unorthodox and heretical groups in thirteenth-century France. It argues that formal innovations and textual irregularities that characterize the manuscript make the book itself a type of hybrid. This thesis suggests that representation of heretics as monsters in their hybridization of doctrine, the formal and textual innovations present in the manuscript, and the recurring theme of the authority of the monarchy over heretics within its boundaries all work together to produce a royal reader emboldened to transgress boundaries in the exercise religious and political authority.
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  • Sherman, Daniel
  • Brachmann, Christoph
  • Verkerk, Dorothy
  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2016

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