IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 210: The Influence of Jacopo da Varagine's Legenda aurea on Homiletics and Hagiography in Later Medieval Europe

Monday 2 July 2018, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Hagiography Society
Organiser:Carrie Beneš, Division of Social Sciences, New College of Florida
Moderator/Chairs:Carrie Beneš, Division of Social Sciences, New College of Florida
M. Michèle Mulchahey, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of Toronto, Downtown
Paper 210-aThe Legenda Aurea and Dominican Preaching: A System of Communication
(Language: English)
Giovanni Paolo Maggioni, Scienze Umanistiche, Sociali e della Formazione, Universita degli Studi del Molise
Index terms: Hagiography, Language and Literature - Latin, Sermons and Preaching
Paper 210-bGone but Not Forgotten: Saints Omitted from the Legenda aurea
(Language: English)
Samantha Kahn Herrick, Department of History, Syracuse University, New York
Index terms: Hagiography, Lay Piety, Sermons and Preaching

This session explores the influence of Jacopo da Varagine’s hagiographical masterpiece, the Legenda aurea or ‘Golden Legend’, on the cult of the saints in 13th and 14th-century Europe. While much of the scholarship on the Legenda aurea has focused on its popularity and dissemination as a monolithic literary text, these three papers focus on the work’s practical reception and use within a larger culture of medieval preaching, pious devotion, and moral instruction.