Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 4185
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Karkov , Catherine E.
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  • Title: Protected Sex: A New Look at the "Cantigas de Santa María" [analysis of the various kinds of sexual activities and the Virgin Mary's actions of punishment, forgivness, and protection].
  • Source: Romance Languages Annual 8, ( 1996): Pages 561 - 572.
  • Description:
  • Article Type: Conference Paper
  • Subject (See Also): Alfonso X, el Sabio, King of Castile- Cantigas de Santa Maria Galician- Portuguese Literature Literature- Verse Mary, Virgin, Saint in Literature Miracles Sexuality in Literature
  • Geographic Area: Iberia
  • Century: 13
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  • Illustrations: Two figures taken from Edilán's facsimile edition of the "Cantigas." Both illustrate "Cantiga" 105, the tale of the Maid of Arras who pledges her virginity to Mary. When her parents force her to marry, she suffers her husband's brutal sexual attacks and punishment from the Virgin Mary. Figure One shows attendants caring for the wounded woman. Figure Two depicts the woman with a diseased breast, praying to the Virgin.
  • Table: One Table. It categorizes the sexual activities into four sections ("Sexual Demands," "Sexual Desire," "Sexual Transgression Committed," and "Adultery"). Each section is subdivided by topics down to the level of motifs in individual cantigas.
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  • Author's Affiliation: Miami University
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  • Year of Publication: 1996.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 10500774
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