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Suspect Saints and Holy Heretics: Disputed Sanctity and Communal Identity in Late Medieval Italy

Janine Larmon Peterson


This book investigates regional saints whose holiness was contested. It scrutinizes the papacy's toleration of unofficial saints' cults and its response when their devotees challenged church authority about a cult's merits or the saint's orthodoxy. As the book demonstrates, communities that venerated saints increasingly clashed with popes and inquisitors determined to erode any local claims of religious authority. Local and unsanctioned saints were spiritual and social fixtures in the towns of northern and central Italy in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. In some cases, popes allowed t ... More

Keywords: saints, papacy, church authority, sanctity, Church, papal bureaucratization, Italy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781501742347
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501742347.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Janine Larmon Peterson, author
Marist College