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Marian Literature
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[German Version]

I. Concept – II. Lyrical Forms – III. Vitae – IV. Laments – V. Miracles

I. Concept

Marian literature as a category includes liturgical texts that vary widely in form and genre. Intended for use in the liturgy, they conceptualize specific roles played by the Mother of God (Mary, Mother of Jesus) in saving history and everyday life. The Western tradition, which was influenced substantially be the Greek church in the East, began in Late Antiqu…

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Küsters, Urban, “Marian Literature”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 28 September 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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