Heroines and Myths: Joan of Arc and Cult of the Virgin Mary

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Host: Oxford Literary Festival
Location: Christ Church, St Aldate’s, Oxford OX1 1DP
Speaker: Maria Warner

Professor Marina Warner’s studies of mythology and fairy tales have brought her much acclaim. Here she marks new editions of two of her best know works by discussing Joan of Arc and the cult of the Virgin Mary. In Joan of Arc: The Image of Female Heroism, Warner traces the portrayal of Joan of Arc through history and shows how she has been adopted and manipulated by different political factions. In Alone of All her Sex: The Myth and the Cult of the Virgin Mary, she looks at the changing symbolism of the Virgin Mary and the interrelation between Catholicism and the ideas of ideal femininity.

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