Significance and actuality of the project: St Angela of Foligno (1248-1309) is considered the biggest Franciscan female mystic. In 2013 Pope Francis proclaimed her as a saint. In the last three decades scholarship has seen an emerging multidisciplinary interest in female mysticism. Undoubtedly it is also a leading topic in feminist scholarship. The aim of this presentation is to show the life and context of St Angela of Foligno, proving that this mystical women represents her epoch and at the same time medieval female mysticism.
Marie’s course of life, from prostitute to sanctified desert anchoress is far from being a unique case of redemption in religious history. However it is exemplary inasmuch as it manifestly underscores the locus of her seemingly sudden conversion / transformation per visibilia ad invisibilia: the threshold of a church. The threshold, whether material or mental, pertains to the field of sacred geography. According to Mircea Eliade, it constitutes a privileged sacred space, a place and time of rupture implying both a hierophany and a turbulence zone propitious to all possible hazards. The paper’s aim is to investigate the perception and the impact in religious thought inspired by the concept shared by almost all religious systems of ‘threshold’.