Our Lady’s Tumbler is perhaps the most charming of many tales which grew up in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries around the figure of the Virgin Mary. It reflects the deep devotion to the Virgin, which was then becoming one of the most characteristic features of medieval piety. It should be noted that tumbling and other forms of public entertainment were looked upon with grave suspicion by the medieval Church. In suggesting that a good heart could make even these disreputable acts pleasing to God, the story implies that the interior spiritual disposition of the believer, more even than his external behavior, defined the character of true holiness.
KeywordsHuman Race Thirteenth Century Good Heart Religious Literature Divine Comedy
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