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The Anglo-Norman Conquest of Ireland and the Colonization of the Afterlife

R. Howard Bloch

in The Anonymous Marie de France

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2003 | ISBN: 9780226059686
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226059693 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226059693.003.0010
The Anglo-Norman Conquest of Ireland and the Colonization of the Afterlife

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This chapter analyzes the depiction of Saint Patrick, afterlife, and Purgatory in Marie de France's Espurgatoire Seint Patriz. The analysis suggests that the visions of the afterlife in which purgatory takes the shape in Espurgatoire Seint Patriz have nothing to do with Saint Patrick. This chapter also explains that though Saint Patrick may have traveled throughout Ireland raising the dead, the dead whom he raised did not visit Purgatory; nor is Purgatory synonymous with an underground cavern.

Keywords: Espurgatoire Seint Patriz; Marie de France; Saint Patrick; afterlife; Purgatory; Ireland; raising the dead

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Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval)

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