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This bibliography section contains a list of reference articles and books with relevant to the discussion on the serpent and the rose, archetypal representations of corruption and beauty, provide an approach for examining aspects of how good and evil were represented in religious writing in the medieval period in the Iberian Peninsula. The serpent, the creature which tempted Eve in the garden of Eden, has been represented in many forms through Christian history. He is Leviathan, ?that crooked serpent' from Isaiah and, in the Book of Revelation, is the dragon against which the woman of the Apocalypse fought. The rose also appears in many forms in secular and religious poetry. It represents beauty and perfection but it also signals how beauty withers and fades. It may signal sexual purity but also sexual union, as in the Roman de la Rose.

Keywords: Book of Revelation; garden of Eden; Isaiah; rose; serpent



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