Contested Canonizations: The Last Medieval Saints, 1482-1523 by Ronald C. Finucane

By Ronald C. Finucane

Pope John Paul II famously canonized extra saints than all his predecessors mixed. a number of of those applicants have been debatable. To today there stay holy women and men "on the books" of the Vatican's Congregation for the reasons of Saints whose canonization could galvanize huge debate. This used to be no much less precise throughout the interval lined during this pioneering examine by way of well known medieval historian Ronald C. Finucane.

This paintings, which kinds an enormous bridge among medieval and Counter-Reformation sanctity and canonization, presents a richly contextualized research of the ways that the final 5 applicants for sainthood prior to the Reformation got here to be canonized. Finucane uncovers the advanced interaction of things that lay at the back of the good fortune of such campaigns; good fortune that can by no means be taken without any consideration, even if the candidate's holy credentials seemed uncontroversial and his backers politically strong.

Written via a grasp of the historic craft whose stories on miracles and renowned faith for the excessive center a while have lengthy been a huge aspect of reference for college students, this paintings provides brilliantly reconstructed case experiences of the final 5 winning canonization petitions of the center a while: Bonaventure, Leopold of Austria, Francis of Paola, Antoninus of Florence, and Benno of Meissen.


Ronald Finucane died on the top of his severe powers in 2009, almost immediately after he submitted this paintings for e-book. unusual professor of heritage at Oakland collage, he was once the writer of 4 books together with Miracles and Pilgrims: renowned ideals in Medieval England and Soldiers of the religion: Crusaders and Moslems at War, either background e-book membership decisions. This ebook used to be dropped at book by means of Simon Ditchfield, reader in background on the college of York.


"In this meticulously researched and thoroughly dependent examine, Finucane establishes his paintings as a serious touchstone for destiny experiences of canonization approaches and their revision within the early sleek period."--David Collins, S.J., affiliate professor of background, Georgetown University

"On the skin, the ebook is a meticulous, precise yet relatively conventional dialogue of the procedures, or politics, for those who will, of saint-making. besides the fact that, Finucane's use of a case learn method permits him to discover very important commonalities between profitable canonization situations with out wasting the inevitable complexity excited by the pursuit of every one . . . there's a good deal to benefit from this book." --American historic Review

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22 However, Bonaventure’s two-century delay is striking in view of the fact that another Franciscan, the Observant Bernardino of Siena, who died in May 1444, was canonized only six years later. The Sienese had received an encouraging letter from a sympathetic cardinal as early as February 1445. ” A History of the Franciscan Order from Its Origins to the Year 1517 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1968), 287–88. Brooke, “Bonaventure as Minister,” while acknowledging the weaknesses of the cleaned-up Life, soft-pedals Bonaventure’s role in obliterating earlier versions, claiming that his Life was “scrupulous by medieval hagiographical standards,” 85–89.

Lat. 4015, fols. ,” in Voices from the Bench: The Narratives of Lesser Folk in Medieval Trials, edited by Michael Goodich (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006), 127–48. See also Vauchez, Sainthood, 547–48. 23. Experimentaliter probatur. [21] Saint-M ak in g subsequent miracle of revival. ”24 As in the Colonna analysis of Saint Louis’s miracle, in the Exeter manuscript contraries are established and then resolved, with authorities cited along the way. But that’s the extent of the similarity: the Colonna report deals mainly with discrepancies in testimony, but the Cantilupe writer is interested in the physical setting.

54. For details, Toynbee is good, and see the Patrizi ceremonial, ed. Dykmans, 129*, for the observation that “public consistory” eo nomine was a novelty of the later Middle Ages: “est nouveau, le texte emprunté à l’Hostiensis parlait seulement d’un consistoire où le pape parlerait publiquement” to all the curial prelates. [31] Saint-M ak in g illness, political changes that abruptly made a candidate less appealing to His Holiness, or questions about funding. Eventually, if all went well, the canonization day arrived, and a high wooden stage was erected in St.

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