9780226034379

The Pope's Body

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  • ISBN13:

    9780226034379

  • ISBN10:

    0226034372

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2000-07-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
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Summary

In contrast to the role traditionally fulfilled by secular rulers, the pope has been perceived as an individual person existing in a body subject to decay and death, yet at the same time a corporeal representation of Christ and the Church, eternity and salvation. Using an array of evidence from the eleventh through the fifteenth centuries, Agostino Paravicini- Bagliani addresses this paradox. He studies the rituals, metaphors, and images of the pope's body as they developed over time and shows how they resulted in the expectation that the pope's body be simultaneously physical and metaphorical. Also included is a particular emphasis on the thirteenth century when, during the pontificate of Boniface VIII (1294-1303), the papal court became the focus of medicine and the natural sciences as physicians devised ways to protect the pope's health and prolong his life. Masterfully translated from the Italian, this engaging history of the pope's body provides a new perspective for readers to understand the papacy, both historically and in our own time.

Author Biography

Agostino Paravicini Bagliani is professor of medieval history at the University of Lausanne.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
xi
Introduction xiii
Acknowledgments xxi
PART I The Carnal Metaphor 3(94)
Mortality and Transience
5(53)
The Short-Lived Popes
5(6)
``You'll Not See Peter's Years''
11(8)
A Warning Tomb and Rumbling Bones
19(3)
Papyrus Pillows
22(2)
Ashes
24(5)
Bands of Flax
29(10)
The Lateran Chairs
39(5)
Sedes Stercorata
44(1)
Sitting and Lying
45(13)
Persona Christi
58(17)
Vicarius Christi
58(1)
Regality
59(1)
Ubi Papa, ibi Roma
60(3)
Pars Corporis Pape
63(2)
Christly Visibility
65(2)
Infallibility
67(2)
Christ's Two Natures
69(1)
Corpus Ecclesiae
70(1)
Mortality
71(4)
Whiteness
75(22)
Wax Lambs
75(7)
The Golden Rose
82(1)
Red and White
83(9)
White and Black
92(5)
PART II The Pope's Death 97(72)
New Spaces and Times
99(23)
Protecting the Palace
99(8)
Burial with Honor
107(1)
Burial and the Electoral Process
108(3)
Letters of Election
111(1)
A Time of Mourning
112(2)
Funeral Rites
114(8)
The Corpse
122(22)
Nudity
122(10)
Display
132(1)
Embalming
133(3)
Burial
136(3)
Saintly Bodies
139(5)
Perpetuity
144(25)
Novena
144(6)
Elections and Sackings
150(5)
College! College!
155(14)
PART III Corporeity 169(44)
Recreatio Corporis
171(15)
Mobility and Holidays
171(8)
Fear of Contagion
179(3)
The Pleasure of Water
182(4)
Cura Corporis
186(13)
Doctors and Prescriptions
186(8)
Appearances
194(5)
Prolongatio Vitae
199(14)
Delaying Old Age
199(5)
Immortality
204(9)
PART IV Boniface VIII 213(22)
The Body in Images
215(10)
Apostolicity and Plenitudo Potestatis
215(4)
Pope-Saint
219(1)
Imitatio Imperii
220(1)
Una et Sancta
221(1)
Jurisdiction and Unity
222(3)
Physiognomy and Immortality
225(10)
Cura Corporis
225(2)
Elixir
227(8)
Epilogue 235(8)
Abbreviations 243(2)
Notes 245(104)
Bibliography 349(1)
Primary Sources 349(7)
Secondary Sources 356(19)
Index 375

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