Maria Maddalena de' Pazzi and the Politics of Canonization in Early Modern Italy

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Clare Copeland
Oxford Theology and Religion Monographs
  • New York, NY: 
    Oxford University Press
    , October
     2016.
     296 pages.
     $105.00.
     Hardcover.
    ISBN
    9780198785385.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.

Description

This work offers a detailed reconstruction of the campaigns for and trials resulting in the beatification (in 1626) and subsequent canonization in 1169 of the Florentine mystic nun, Maria Maddalena de' Pazzi (1566-1607). Clare Copeland places her findings in the wide context of the politics of saint-making at a time of particular significance for the history of Roman Catholic canonization. The Protestant Reformation had put the Roman Catholic Church on the defensive in this area of devotional practice and the period covered in this volume (ca. 1600-1669) saw far-reaching reforms in the ways in which sanctity was measured and adjudicated by Rome. Copeland shows how these developments need to be seen less in terms of a top-down attempt by the central organs of ecclesiastical control to impose a hegemony of holiness and more in terms of negotiation over the meanings of sanctity--and how it relates to canonization-between the various stakeholders.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Clare Copeland is an independent scholar.

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