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Ave, plena Magdalena

O Maria, prius via

Ave, clari generis

Novum festum

The Two Marys

Medieval songs for the Virgin Mary and Mary Magdalen - the two female saints that most captured the imagination of medieval minds.

For the medieval audience, Mary Magdalen was the repentant prostitute also beloved by Christ, and therefore a model for them in their daily lives. As sinner and repentant, she was the moral and theological opposite of the Virgin Mary, whose own cult was at its height in this period, both ideals based on the value of chastity.




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