Heroines, Villains, and Barbarians in Other Medieval Incest Narratives

  • Linda Marie Rouillard
Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)


This chapter reviews a corpus of incest stories from late Antiquity through the Middle Ages, including that of the saintly Pope Gregorius, child of brother–sister incest, the birth of the antichrist as a consequence of incest, and a comparison of the role of incest in the Charlemagne tradition and the Arthurian legends. It also summarizes the Christianization of Hungary and its setting for La Manekine as a space and culture vulnerable to a regression to the pagan state.


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  • Linda Marie Rouillard
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