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The Lay Saint – Charity and Charismatic Authority in Medieval Italy, 1150-1350 - Cornell Scholarship Online
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The Lay Saint: Charity and Charismatic Authority in Medieval Italy, 1150-1350

Mary Harvey Doyno

Abstract

This book investigates the phenomenon of saintly cults that formed around pious merchants, artisans, midwives, domestic servants, and others in the medieval communes of northern and central Italy. The book uses the rise of and tensions surrounding these civic cults to explore medieval notions of lay religiosity, charismatic power, civic identity, and the church's authority in this period. Although claims about laymen's and laywomen's miraculous abilities challenged the church's expanding political and spiritual dominion, both papal and civic authorities, the book finds, vigorously promoted the ... More

Keywords: saintly cults, central Italy, northern Italy, civic cults, lay religiosity, charismatic power, civic identity, church authority, lay Christians, Apostles

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781501740206
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501740206.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mary Harvey Doyno, author
California State University, Sacramento

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