A tangential question that came up in out postgrad seminar
yesterday: Lydgate's Troy Book claims that the idea of
the female serpent is derived from Bede. The students
wanted to know if he was right, and I had no idea, but I'm
sure that some listmembers will know better.
btw, there is a very fine female serpent in the window of
King's College chapel.
On Tue, 28 Nov 2000 19:29:45 -0500 Nancy Bishop
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> james mills wrote:
> > Dear Cecilia,
> > There are 26 wall paintings dated between 1350 and 1542 of the Temptation
> > in which the snake has a human head. Only one of these heads is identified
> > as male. Most of the images show long hair and breasts.
> > If I can be of further help, please write. Jim
> The questions that come to my mind are those of setting and audience. By any
> chance were these she-devils in in monasteries?