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  • Record Number: 45540
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Ogden , Amy V.
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  • Title: The Life of Saint Eufrosine
  • Source: The Life of Saint Eufrosine: In Old French Verse, with English Translation.Amy V. Ogden, editor and translator.  Modern Language Association, 2021.  Pages 2 - 151.
  • Description:

    As a young woman from a wealthy family, Eufrosine was expected to marry a nobleman. Instead, she wanted to serve God. So she cut her hair, dressed as a man, and traveled to a monastery, becoming a monk named Emerald.

    Adapted from a Latin source, this saint's life dates to about 1200 CE. Devout yet erotic, lyrical yet didactic, it blends hagiography with romance and epic in order to engage and inspire a broad audience. The tale invites readers to rethink preconceived notions of the Middle Ages, the relation between spiritual and secular values, and ideas about the history of sexuality, identity, and family.

    Only fragments of the poem have been previously translated. This edition includes the first full translation alongside the Old French original as well as a glossary and other supporting material.— [Reproduced from the publisher’s website: https://www.mla.org/Publications/Bookstore/MLA-Texts-and-Translations/i-The-Life-of-Saint-Eufrosine-i-In-Old-French-Verse-with-English-Translation

  • Article Type: Translation
  • Subject (See Also): Cross Dressing Euphrosine, Old French Saint's Life Gender in Literature Hagiography Sexuality Transgender People
  • Award Note: Feminae Translation of the Month, April 2022
  • Geographic Area: France
  • Century: 13
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  • Author's Affiliation: University of Virginia
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  • Year of Publication: 2021.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 9781603295055 (print)