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Journal > Volumes > 38 (2007) / 1 (Spring)
The agony of the Virgin: The Swoons and Crucifixion of Mary in Sixteenth Century Castilian Passion Treatises
Jessica A. Boon
Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

The first Castilian Passion treatises presented meditations on the Passion of the son and the mother. In order to understand the implications of a Passion with two main characters, the method is situated in relation to its medieval European precedent of the compassionate, emotional Virgin as well as Iberian Marian devotion. In three Franciscan treatises published in Andalusia (1511–28), the authors began to forefront the physicality of Mary’s body in scenes of multiple swoons and even crucifixion. It is argued that the swoons serve as the marker that emotion can be felt bodily, thus allowing logically for a proposal of physical torture as an element of the Virgin’s experience, a suggestion never expurgated by the Inquisitors who compiled the Index of Prohibited Works.

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