La Vie de Sainte Catherine

One of the most popular saints’ lives in the middle ages, this life of St. Catherine is written in French verse and dated to 1251. This version largely follows the standard narrative tradition of the Life: having dedicated herself to virginity until she meets someone who surpasses her in intelligence and wisdom, Catherine is compelled by the pagan king to engage in disputation with the greatest pagan philosophers of the kingdom. After defeating them all, she is imprisoned, tortured, and martyred for her faith. This redaction of the Life is notable for its explicit reference to the marriage between Catherine and Christ. The manuscript that contains this Life also contains several prayers in Latin and French to the Virgin and Saint Michael, as well as a short Antichrist.

Manuscript

Paris Bibliotheque de l’Arsenal 3645