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The Talents of Jacopo da Varagine: A Genoese Mind in Medieval Europe

Steven A. Epstein


Jacopo da Varagine (c.1228–1298) is remembered today primarily for his immensely popular work The Golden Legend, a massive collection of stories about the saints. Compiled over the years 1260–67, The Golden Legend quickly eclipsed earlier collections of saints' lives. One indication of its popularity is the fact that so many manuscript copies of the work have survived—more than one thousand according to some estimates. Despite the enduring influence of The Golden Legend, Jacopo remains an elusive figure because he left behind so little information about himself. This book sets out to remedy th ... More

Keywords: Jacopo da Varagine, The Golden Legend, saints, Genoese history, Christianity, social history, medieval economy, slaves, Jews, gay

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781501700507
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501700507.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven A. Epstein, author
Ahmanson-Murphy Distinguished Professor of Medieval History, the University of Kansas