Taylor, Steven Millen Books
Dr. Steven Millen Taylor is Professor of French and Coordinator of Medieval Studies at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.2010 0-7734-1399-5
This translation fills a major need for those unfamiliar with Middle French by granting them access to this nuanced and multifaceted exploration of women’s role in
society and of Mary’s role in the Church. The Conception of Mary
of contact between medieval and modern scholars interested in gender studies,
theological questions, and historical attitudes, while also engaging a general audience seeking further insight into these important questions.
The Conception of Mary: A Rhyming Translation of Book V of the Fifteenth-Century Le Champion des Dames
presents the culmination of Martin Le Franc’s masterwork in defense of women. Here Le Franc
explores the controversy surrounding the Virgin Mary’s Immaculate
Conception, a theological debate that captured the medieval imagination and continues to engage contemporary students and scholars; he entertains his readers even as he makes complex theological arguments more accessible to a wider audience.