The Maudlin Impression
English Literary Images of Mary Magdalene, 1550-1700
Publication Year: 2009
Published by: University of Notre Dame Press
Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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Note on Editions, Spellings, and Punctuation
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John Marbeck was an unremarkable Tudor Protestant. In the 1530s he was an early supporter of John Calvin; in 1543 he was arrested and charged with contempt for the mass, and his papers, including an unfinished Bible concordance, were confiscated. Under Edward VI, Marbeck rose to minor prominence, publishing, in 1550, The booke of Common praier noted for the use of cathedrals and collegiate...
Chapter 1. The Look of Love
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In 1618 Harim White, bachelor of divinity and chaplain to James I, wrote a sermon called The Ready Way to True Repentance, and he dedicated it to his mother, Dorothey Dalby. The sermon is a meditation on the seventh chapter of the Gospel of Luke, cited in the epigraph above. In accordance with long-standing tradition, White conflates Luke’s “woman in the citie” with Mary Magdalene and ties the...
Chapter 2. Touch Me Not
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Thomas Walkington is probably best remembered as the author of The Optik Glasse of Humours (1607), a forerunner of Robert Burton’s Anatomy of Melancholy.1 Walkington’s Magdalene sermon, Rabboni; Mary Magdalens Teares, of Sorrow, Solace (1620), shares with The Optik Glasse an extravagant and digressive prose style, and in both texts the author’s interest in alchemy and humoral theory is probably...
Chapter 3. The Task of Beauty
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Manuscript versions of what have come to be known as the “Divine Poems” suggest that this tribute was a dedicatory verse that prefaced either La Corona or perhaps a more random collection of holy sonnets.2 The poem begins with a playful allusion to the controversy over the Magdalene’s biography, and with the gentle mocking of post- Tridentine attempts to distinguish the...
Chapter 4. Penance in a Sheet
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The mourning Magdalene is summoned as an alarm for a constituency that has become insensitive to Christ’s sacrifice. Andrewes renders Mary’s desolation elegantly, moving his congregation from indifference to a like melancholy: “There was no taking away His taking away from her.” Christ’s departure is figured as cruel and absolute and Mary’s grief as enduring and inconsolable. And yet, in a familiar segue...
Chapter 5. She’s a Nice Piece of Work
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In 2.2 of Aphra Behn’s play The Rover, three portraits, one large and two smaller, of the famous courtesan Angellica Bianca are mounted against her balcony facing the public piazza. The portraits immediately draw the attention of prospective clients who comment upon Angellica’s extraordinary beauty and, with great regret, her exorbitant price. Angellica herself briefly...
Postscript: A Something Else Thereby
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There are more early modern Magdalenes than are accounted for here. Some of them, like Elizabeth Cary’s life of the saint, now lost, lie beyond my reach.1 Others were simply set aside: the anonymous and aptly titled “Another on the Same Subject” (1601), for instance, which is a meditation on the heavenly Jerusalem wherein Magdalene is no longer maudlin, having forever “lost her moane.” Also...
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Page Count: 304
Illustrations: Images removed; no digital rights.
Publication Year: 2009
Series Title: ReFormations: Medieval and Early Modern
Series Editor Byline: David Aers, Sarah Beckwith, James Simpson