'"For ho is quene of cortaysye": the Assumption of the Virgin in Pearl and the Festial'
Powell, S 2011 ''"For ho is quene of cortaysye": the Assumption of the Virgin in Pearl and the Festial'', in: Matthews, D (ed.), In Strange Countries: Middle English Literature and its Afterlife: Essays in Memory of J. J. Anderson, Manchester University Press, Manchester, UK, pp.76-95.
The relationships I will deal with in this chapter are those between the Pearl-Maiden and Jesus Christ, between the Pearl-maiden and the Virgin Mary, and between Christ and the Virgin Mary, not the relationship between the Pearl- maiden and the Dreamer which is more usually prioritised. I will consider the marriage of the Maiden to the Lamb and suggest connections with the enclosed world of female religious which may (for reasons which I will not hypothesise) have had some relevance to the Pearl-poet. From this I will suggest similarities between the Maiden and the Virgin, both essentially and in their relationship to the Lamb/Son. His relationship with them will lead into a brief discussion of a short lyric in one of two assumption sermons in a contemporaneous and extremely popular sermon collection, John Mirk’s Festial. The chapter will end with an appendix which provides a critical edition of both this lyric and another in the second assumption sermon.
In Strange Countries: Middle English Literature and its Afterlife: Essays in Memory of J. J. Anderson
Manchester University Press