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Published: 25 August 2016

264 Pages


ISBN: 9780198785385

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Maria Maddalena de' Pazzi

The Making of a Counter-Reformation Saint

Dr Clare Copeland

Oxford Theology and Religion Monographs

  • Offers a detailed reconstruction of the campaigns for and trials resulting in the beatification and subsequent canonization of the Florentine mystic nun, Maria Maddalena de' Pazzi (1566-1607)
  • Considers differences in the patterns of canonization of men and women, pointing out that though many male saints were also mystics, their heroic action and miracles were fundamental.
  • Draws on recent work on the porosity of enclosure and the importance of networks to provide a richly suggestive context within which to understand how her fellow nuns were able to orchestrate her fama at Maria Maddalena's death
  • Discusses the role of relics and considers why people turned to a new, not yet proven saint in time of need