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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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(p.259) Epilogue
The Talents of Jacopo da Varagine

Steven A. Epstein

Cornell University Press

This chapter summarizes Jacopo de Varagine's late habits of thought by examining the Marian Sermons—a collection of 161 model exegetical sermons of varying lengths. His “late style” is a return to his roots, model sermons, with the benefit of a lifetime of experience as a reader and writer. As Jacopo chose his themes, he showed what he valued about religious imagery. Unlike in his previous sermons where the topics suggested themselves (saints' days) or were dictated by the demands of the liturgical calendar, Jacopo was in theological and artistic control of the Marian sermons. Aside from the creative labor of gathering the wisdom of his time to help preachers, Jacopo also showed enough originality to justify attention to himself. Jacopo's primary audience absorbed his thought, and through them his influence helped shape the development of Christianity.

Keywords:   Jacopo de Varagine, Marian Sermons, religious imagery, model sermons, liturgical calendar, Christianity

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