Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Talents of Jacopo da VaragineA Genoese Mind in Medieval Europe$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Steven A. Epstein

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781501700507

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501700507.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM Cornell University Press SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.cornell.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Cornell University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in Cornell for personal use. date: 17 September 2021

Holy Days

Holy Days

(p.66) Chapter 2 Holy Days
The Talents of Jacopo da Varagine

Steven A. Epstein

Cornell University Press

This chapter demonstrates how Jacopo de Varagine drew upon a complex collection of sources in compiling and writing his book of saints' lives and other feasts of the liturgical calendar. In learning about how Jacopo's mind worked, the chapter extracts what he reprocessed from the writings of others, such as Giovanni Paolo Maggioni, Bartholomew of Trent, and Alain Boureau, as well as what was truly original about his book. It focuses on the themes—feasts and sanctity, suicide and martyrdom, Jews and pagans—Jacopo chose to emphasize in the entries, giving him the widest scope for originality. This conception of human and sacred history informed his thinking about topics as diverse as the cult of the saints, natural disasters, ancient Rome and the end of pagan rites, and family life.

Keywords:   Jacopo de Varagine, liturgical calendar, Giovanni Paolo Maggioni, Bartholomew of Trent, Alain Boureau, sanctitiy, martyrdom, Jews, pagans

Cornell Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.