Mary between Voice and Voicelessness: The Latin Meditationes of Bernard de Rosier

  • Cédric Giraud
Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)


Mysticism is the domain in which language, confronted with the Absolute, tests its own limits. Following this idea, we might say that the Virgin Mary, as she is presented to us in Christian tradition, offers mysticism a paradigmatic figure.1 As mother to Jesus Christ, Mary finds herself, through the Incarnation, in one of human life’s most significant relationships—that of mother and child—with God himself. Yet the canonical Gospels remain largely taciturn regarding the physical and affective contact between Mary and her child, or the whole range of manifestations that relationship supposes. In the evangelical canon, Mary expresses herself verbally by means of fiat, uttering just a few words at Cana, and making only rare interventions during Jesus’s public ministry.2


Meditative Practice Twelfth Century Christian Tradition Early Modern Period Direct Speech 
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