The struggle between reason and will in the Vida de Santa María Egipciaca Public Deposited

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  • Knorr, Heather M.
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Romance Studies
  • Escorial III-K-4 contains a Spanish version of the Old French Vie de Sainte Marie l'Egyptienne (ms. B), the story of St. Mary of Egypt, a prostitute-turned penitent who is accepted into the Community of Saints. However, critics agree that the Spanish poem, Vida de Madona Santa María Egipciaqua is not just a translation, but an amplification that dramatizes further the character of Mary (Alvar 1967, 32-55; Cruz-Sáenz 115). This thesis studies the description of Mary of Egypt known as Vida de Madona Santa María Egipciaqua as an extreme expression of the conflict between the body and the will in order to find out what it tells us about the nature of the audience for which it was composed.
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