here are my rough notes on Marina Warner's book (see left for a link to amazon...) I will be expanding this with links as I continue work on the project...


page 70 (notes page 372 #8)
The Plays of Hroswitha (German, 10th century) martyrologies, definitely worth checking out


page 73 (notes page 372 #14)
Jerome, Commentaries and
Mary Daly, The Church and the Second Sex

"As long as a woman is for birth and children, she is different from man as body is from soul. But when she wishes to serve Christ more than the world, then she will cease to be a woman, and will be called man." (Jerome)


page 91
story about the apostle John being immortal: check this out, a great idea for a novel!


page 115-116
discussion of the Salve Regina; check its appearance in Dante; find the different plainchant versions of it


page 128-129
St. Bernard: Life and Works of Saint Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux, vol 4 Canticam Canticarum, 86 sermons on the Song of Songs: this sounds great!!! full of love and desire "one of Christian mysticism's most astonishing masterpieces" (more St Bernard on p. 197 cf notes as well: page 380 14 and #15)


chapter 9 is all about the troubadours: lots of great stuff...


page 153
argument between the thrush and the nightingale about the value of women (in English Lyrics of the Thirteenth Century and Medieval Englsh Verse) see note 13 on page 378


page 187
Christine de Pisan (d. c. 1431) check her out!

"As I once answered a man who reproved my desire for learning, saying that it does not befit women to be learned as few of them are -- I told him that it befits me even less to be ignorant, as many of them are."



page 192

Your breasts are as fragrant
as wine; their whiteness whiter
than milk and lilies, their scent
lovelier than flowers and
balsam wood.

in FJE Raby, A History of Christian-Latin Poetry (Oxford 1966) p. 365


page 198-199

see Luke 11:27 and Gautier de Coincy (1223) see note 19 (page 380)

"With much sweetness and much delight, from her sweet bosom she drew forth her breast, that is so sweet, so soft, so beautiful, and placed it in his mouth, and gently touched him all about and sprinkled him with her sweet milk."


p. 200-201 unicorn stuff

see note 26. (p. 380-381)
also Odell Shepard, The Lore of the Unicorn
think about the Rilke in this context


page 209-213

kontaion, call and response between Mary and Christ Romanos Lament (cf note 12) and Jacopone's Donna del Paradiso in the Oxford Book of Italian Verse, 13th to 19th centuries


re-read Auerbach, Mimesis


page 213-214 Stabat Mater

check out Palestrina, Pergolesi Haydn, etc.


page 282

GM Hopkins May Magnificat


page 324

Theophilus (a sort of Faust precursor) is rescued by the Virgin, who says to Satan: And I'll trample on your gut! see note 15 page 393 Rutebeuf, Le Miracle de Theophile


page 330

As intercessor Mary "can be good and merciful without being right, which is one reason why the stern moralists of the Reformation opposed her cult."


possible additional books to check out (from notes)

Helen Gardner, ed. A Book of Religious Verse (Oxford, 1972)
John J Delaney, ed. A Woman Clothed with the Sun, Eight Great Appearances of Our Lady in Modern Times (New York, 1960)
Vita Sackville-West The Eagle and the Dove
The Epic of Gilgamesh