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The Audience And Function Of The Apocryphal Infancy Of Jesus Christ In Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Laud Misc. 108

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In this chapter the author considers Infancy's purposeful relationship to the sanctorale, one that develops a different historical sensibility than the standard form of the South English Legendary (SEL). First, he examines L's distinctive, acephalous temporale section in relation to SEL traditions generally and considers Infancy's relationship to the fragmented MP. Next, the author discusses the structure and function of Infancy and its connection to the sancto-rale, specifically the appearance of a previously unanalyzed &t;table of contents&t; at the end of Infancy. Finally, he trace notions of temporality in L's unique use of the legend of Holy Cross and then in a group of English saints that appear in the sanctorale. Between the canonical touchstones of the Nativity and Jesus in the Temple, Infancy dramatizes Jesus' miraculous life from birth to age twelve, noting his age at particularly important points in the narrative.

Keywords: South English Legendary (SEL); Infancy; Jesus; L temporale; sanctorale



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