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The lay saint : charity and charismatic authority in medieval Italy,1150-1350

Author: Mary Harvey Doyno
Publisher: Ithaca [New York] : Cornell University Press 2019. ©2019
Series: Book collections on Project MUSE.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The author investigates the phenomenon of saintly cults that formed around pious merchants, artisans, midwives, domestic servants, and others in the medieval communes of northern and central Italy. Drawing on an array of sources - vitae documenting their saintly lives and legends, miracle books, religious art, and communal records - this book documents the rise of and tensions surrounding these civic cults to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Church history
Livres numériques
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Mary Harvey Doyno
ISBN: 1501740210 1501740229 9781501740213 9781501740220
OCLC Number: 1239729348
Description: 1 ressource en ligne (viii, 318 pages)
Contents: From charisma to charity : lay sanctity in the twelfth-century communes --
Charity as social justice : the birth of the communal lay saint --
Civic patron as ideal citizen : the cult of Pier Pettinaio of Siena --
Classifying laywomen : the female lay saint before 1289 --
Zita of Lucca : the outlier --
Margaret of Cortona : between civic saint and Franciscan visionary --
Envisioning an order : the last lay saints.
Series Title: Book collections on Project MUSE.
Responsibility: Mary Harvey Doyno.

Abstract:

The author investigates the phenomenon of saintly cults that formed around pious merchants, artisans, midwives, domestic servants, and others in the medieval communes of northern and central Italy. Drawing on an array of sources - vitae documenting their saintly lives and legends, miracle books, religious art, and communal records - this book documents the rise of and tensions surrounding these civic cults to explore medieval notions of lay religiosity, charismatic power, civic identity, and the church's authority in this period. Although claims about laymen's and laywomen's miraculous abilities challenged the church's expanding political and spiritual dominion, both papal and civic authorities, the author finds, vigorously promoted their cults. The book shows that this support was neither a simple reflection of the extraordinary lay religious zeal that marked late medieval urban life nor of the Church's recognition of that enthusiasm. Rather, the history of lay saints' cults powerfully illustrates the extent to which lay Christians embraced the vita apostolic - the ideal way of life as modeled by the Apostles - and of thechurch's efforts to restrain and manage such claims.

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