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The Talents of Jacopo da VaragineA Genoese Mind in Medieval Europe$
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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

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Saintly People

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The Talents of Jacopo da Varagine

Steven A. Epstein

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the distinctive and revealing aspects of Jacopo's work and his original contributions to standard narratives. It looks at some of the saints' lives included in the Legenda Aurea (Golden Legend), beginning with the evangelists Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John; followed by the quartet of Michael the Archangel, John the Baptist, Mary Magdalene, and Paul. Three classic authorities for medieval Christianity—Augustine, Gregory the Great, and Bernard of Clairvaux—credited Jacopo for how he viewed the history of theological thought. In addition, contemporary thirteenth-century figures Dominic (1170–1221), Francis (1182/83–1226), Peter Martyr (1206–52), and Elizabeth of Hungary (1207–31) provide insights on how Jacopo responded to the world in which he lived.

Keywords:   Jacopo de Varagine, Legenda Aurea, medieval Christianity, Augustine, Gregory the Great, Bernard of Clairvaux, Dominic, Francis, Peter Martyr, Elizabeth of Hungary

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