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The Resource Possible lives : authors and saints in Renaissance Italy, Alison Knowles Frazier

Possible lives : authors and saints in Renaissance Italy, Alison Knowles Frazier

Label
Possible lives : authors and saints in Renaissance Italy
Title
Possible lives
Title remainder
authors and saints in Renaissance Italy
Statement of responsibility
Alison Knowles Frazier
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Possible Lives uses the saints'lives written by humanists of the Italian Renaissance to explore the intertwining of classical and religious cultures on the eve of the European Reformation. The lives of saints were among the most reproduced and widely distributed literatures of medieval and early modern Europe. During the century before the Reformation, these narratives of impossible goodness fell into the hands of classicizing intellectuals known as humanists. This study examines how the humanist authors received, criticized, and rewrote the traditional stories of exemplary virtue for patrons and audiences who were surprisingly open to their textual experiments. Drawn from a newly constructed catalog of primary sources in manuscript and print, the cases in this book range from the lure of martyrdom as the West confronted Islam to the use of saints'lives in local politics and the rhetorician's classroom. Frazier discusses the writers'perceptions of historical sanctity, the commanding place of the mendicant friars, and one unique account of a contemporary holy woman. Possible Lives shows that the classical Renaissance was also a saintly Renaissance, as humanists deployed their rhetorical and philological skills to "renew the persuasive force of Christian virtue" and "save the cult of the saints." Combining quantitative and anecdotal approaches in a highly readable series of case studies, Frazier reveals the contextual richness of this little-known and unexpectedly large body of Latin hagiography
Cataloging source
E7B
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Frazier, Alison Knowles
Index
index present
Language note
In English
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Christian hagiography
  • Christian literature, Latin (Medieval and modern)
  • Renaissance
  • RELIGION
  • RELIGION
  • Christian hagiography
  • Christian literature, Latin (Medieval and modern)
  • Renaissance
  • Italy
Label
Possible lives : authors and saints in Renaissance Italy, Alison Knowles Frazier
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 4. The Teacher's Saints
  • 5. The Spectacle of a Woman's Devotion
  • 6. The Saint as Author
  • 7. Conclusion
  • Hand List: An Annotated List of Authors and Their Vitae, Passiones, and Liturgical Historiae About Saints (Manuscript and Print, ca. 1420-1521)
  • Index: Manuscripts Consulted
  • Index: People and Places
  • Frontmatter
  • Table of contents
  • Acknowledgments
  • Abbreviations
  • Two Technical Notes
  • 1. Introduction: Authors, Saints, and Texts
  • 2. A Renaissance of Martyrs
  • 3. The Last Medieval Legendary
Control code
ocn778435902
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xvii, 527 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780231503396
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.7312/fraz12976
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 22573/ctt27137d
  • dd848186-55a2-4746-b39c-e4ccfe1757c1
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)778435902
Label
Possible lives : authors and saints in Renaissance Italy, Alison Knowles Frazier
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 4. The Teacher's Saints
  • 5. The Spectacle of a Woman's Devotion
  • 6. The Saint as Author
  • 7. Conclusion
  • Hand List: An Annotated List of Authors and Their Vitae, Passiones, and Liturgical Historiae About Saints (Manuscript and Print, ca. 1420-1521)
  • Index: Manuscripts Consulted
  • Index: People and Places
  • Frontmatter
  • Table of contents
  • Acknowledgments
  • Abbreviations
  • Two Technical Notes
  • 1. Introduction: Authors, Saints, and Texts
  • 2. A Renaissance of Martyrs
  • 3. The Last Medieval Legendary
Control code
ocn778435902
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xvii, 527 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780231503396
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.7312/fraz12976
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 22573/ctt27137d
  • dd848186-55a2-4746-b39c-e4ccfe1757c1
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)778435902

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