Sacred and Profane in Chaucer and Late Medieval Literature: Essays in Honour of John V. Fleming

Will Robins and Robert Epstein:

The profane is revealed as the point at which the sacred and the secular converge, as a place of mediation between various currents of discourse, where the domain of the sacred might be seen in either a hierarchical or a complementary relationship to the things of this world, and where corporeality and carnality might be seen as legitimate aspects of human life.

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