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The Stigmata in Medieval and Early Modern Europe

Carolyn Muessig

  • Traces the birth and evolution of religious stigmata and particularly of stigmatic theology, as understood through the ensemble of theological discussions and devotional practices
  • Examines the role stigmatics played in medieval and early modern religious culture, and the way their contemporaries reacted to them
  • Provides a unique exploration as to why stigmatization became a saintly ideal in pre-modern Europe, accepted by some as the ultimate proof of the possibility of human perfection, while disregarded by others as a pathetic example of humanity's ability to delude itself in its desire to touch the miraculous
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