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The 115 Cults of the Saints in Later Medieval and Renaissance Perugia: A Demographic Overview of a Civic Pantheon

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Abstract:

The later medieval and Renaissance Perugia's culture of civic veneration was influenced by the establishment of various religious and monastic orders in the city; the fact that Perugia belonged to the Papal state; its experience of communal political unrest; periodic expressions of collective religious enthusiasm; and the reputation of locally charismatic individuals (‘living saints’). The comprehensive roster of the 115 saints venerated in Perugia from c. 1200 to c. 1500 can be defined as its ‘total hagiographic programme’ for this period, though it was in constant evolution. A core group of eight saints included traditional patrons like Peter and Paul, Herculanus, Constantius and Lawrence, and new ones like Bevignate, Louis of Toulouse and Bernardino of Siena. Perugia's changing representation of its civic identity by means of its chosen patrons, advocates and intercessors is here assessed.

Keywords: Civic ideals; Hagiography; Italy (Perugia); Saints

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1477-4658.00252

Publication date: March 1, 1998

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