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.
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