“This expertly curated volume presents twelve sharp and sophisticated essays situated at the intersection of two fertile fields: the cultural history of sanctity and the history of the transformations wrought by the introduction of printing.”
— Daniel Bornstein, Washington University in St. Louis
“The volume is alive and current in its scholarship and its rich bibliography a barometer of the state of research in the field.”
— Nerida Newbigin, University of Sydney
The twelve essays in this volume identify mutually interactive developments in media and saints’ cults at a time and in a place when both underwent profound change. Focusing on the Italian peninsula between 1400 and 1600, authors analyze specific sites of intense cultural production and innovation. The volume invites further study of saints of all sorts — canonized, popularly recognized, or self-proclaimed — in the fluid media environment of early modernity.
Alison Frazier is Associate Professor of History at the University of Texas in Austin. Her monograph Possible Lives: Authors and Saints in Renaissance Italy (2005) won the 2006 Gordon Prize from the Renaissance Society of America. Her current research addresses humanist contributions to the pre-Tridentine liturgy.
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