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The Virgin Mary And The Kiss: Apocryphal Birth Narratives And The Immaculate Conception

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This chapter explores how far such apocryphal stories were considered appropriate for representing the Immaculate Conception in literature and art. The apocryphal references present in Alfonso the Wise's Cantigas are vigorous and provide the vehicle for the poet's reflection on the parentage, conception, and sanctification of the Virgin Mary. Alfonso has been described as the first Castilian to write in literary terms about the Immaculate Conception. However, there are two points to be made. Alfonso does not show any awareness of the Conception feast and all the references he makes to the sanctification of the Virgin are ambiguous. In cancionero poetry, less interest in apocryphal stories is apparent in the poems which have been preserved. Poets and authors combined all the various methods at their disposal, including the apocryphal stories, to promote the doctrine of the Conception of the Virgin.

Keywords: Alfonso; apocryphal stories; cancionero poetry; Immaculate Conception; Virgin Mary



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