Fourteenth-Century Icelandic Verse on the Virgin Mary, Drápa af Maríugrát, Vitnisvísur af Maríu, Maríuvísur I-III

Fourteenth-Century Icelandic Verse on the Virgin Mary, Drápa af Maríugrát, Vitnisvísur af Maríu, Maríuvísur I-III

Edited by Kellinde Wrightson
2001 | 146 + xxvi pp. | 978-0-903521-46-8 | Paperback 5.5 x 8.5 in
$16 |

The five skaldic poems in this volume are among the finest examples of medieval literature composed in the vernacular in honour of the Virgin Mary. They are part of an extensive corpus of Old Icelandic Marian texts which is significant not merely for its size, but, more importantly, for its contribution to our understanding of the cult of the Virgin in Western Europe. Dated to the late fourteenth century, the lamentation poem Drápa of Maríugrát and the miracle poems Vitnisvísur of Maríu and Maríuvísur I-III are among the earliest extant evidence of Old Icelandic Marian poetry.