Emotion and Devotion
The Meaning of Mary in Medieval Religious Cultures
The Natalie Zemon Davis Annual
Lecture Series, vol. 2.
Miri Rubin, Queen Mary, University of
In Emotion and Devotion Miri Rubin explores
the craft of the historian through a series of studies
of medieval religious cultures. In three original chapters
she approaches the medieval figure of the Virgin Mary
with the aim of unravelling meaning and experience.
Hymns and miracle tales, altarpieces and sermons –
a wide range of sources from many European regions –
are made to reveal the creativity and richness which
they elicited in medieval people, women and men, clergy
and laity, people of status and riches as well as those
of modest means.
The first chapter, "The Global 'Middle Ages',"
considers the current historiographical frame for the
study of religious cultures and suggests ways in which
the Middle Ages can be made more global. Next, "Mary,
and Others" examines the polemical situations around
Mary, and the location of Muslims and Jews within them.
The third chapter, "Emotions and Selves,"
tracks the sentimental education experienced by Europeans
in the late Middle Ages through devotional encounters
with the figure of the Virgin Mary in word, image and
Each year one scholar of world fame is invited to
present lectures in the framework of the Natalie
Zemon Davis Annual Lecture Series at the Central
European University, Budapest. This is the second volume
in the series of published lectures.
Preface; Chapter 1. The Global “Middle
Ages”; Chapter 2. Mary, and Others;
Chapter 3. Emotions and Selves; Index
"Can anything new be said about the Virgin Mary?
Precisely because she is so ubiquitous, Mary must be
rediscovered by each generation.
Intended for a wide audience, Rubin's lectures are eminently
readable... this is a book that could be fruitfully
assigned to show undergraduates how the world's most
famous Jewish mother fits into the broad sweep of medieval
and Christian culture and the tragic sweep of her people's
history". - The Journal of Speculum
122 pages + 8 with color photos
130x200 mm (5.1" x 7.9")
ISSN 1996-1197 The Natalie Zemon Davis Annual Lecture
ISBN 978-963-9776-36-4 paperback $16.95 / €12.95
Other volumes in the Natalie Zemon Davis Annual
Time, Making History
and Love, Ethics and Politics - Studies in Mediaeval
and Early Modern History
Vol.4 Emotions in
– Lost and Found
in Spain and Western Europe 1500-1960 -
Visions, Religious Images and Photographs