Abraham or Fall and Redemption of Mary is a play in Latin written by Hrotsvit of Grandersheim ca. 935 - ca. 975. The play follows a young orphan, Mary, who is persuaded by her uncle and religious hermit, Abraham, and his co-hermit, Effrem, to lead a life of complete chastity and devotion to God. When Mary submits to temptation and loses her virginity, she flees her religious life to become a prostitute. Years later, when Abraham comes to her disguised as a lover, Mary returns to her life of devotion and submits to a strict regimen of penance. Hrotsvit's play is considered a story about the and the power of Mary's redemption.
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