9780754662563

The Martyred Inquisitor: The Life and Cult of Peter of Verona (å1252)

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    9780754662563

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    075466256X

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-02-28
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Peter Martyr was one of the central Dominican saints of the thirteenth century, in some cases eclipsing Dominic himself. This monograph investigates the life and death of Peter of Verona and the cult of Peter Martyr, thereby filling a very important gap in both thirteenth century hagiographical studies, and studies of the interrelationship of heresy and imperial politics in the mid-thirteenth century. Peter Martyr was one of the central Dominican saints of the thirteenth century, in some cases eclipsing Dominic himself. Born in Verona around 1206 to those with Cathar sympathies, he became a convert to Catholicism. As one of the first generations of Dominicans, he represents aspects of their primitive history both as a spellbinding preacher and as one of the earliest and most famous papal inquisitors. In 1252, shortly after his official appointment to the post of inquisitor for Lombardy, Peter was assassinated at the hands of a cabal of Milanese heretics. That there is no modern monograph on Peter represents a considerable lacuna in the study of medieval saints. This work therefore fills a very important gap, in both thirteenth century hagiographical studies, and studies of the interrelationship of heresy and imperial politics in the mid-thirteenth century. The first half of the book is a systematic study of the stages in the life, miracles and posthumous cult of Peter of Verona. Part One deals with many controversial issues of Peter's life, such as his role in the growth of the Dominican order and related confraternities in Lombardy and Tuscany, his status as papal inquisitor and his preaching. Part Two explores the cult of Peter Martyr. The brief time which elapsed between death and canonization makes Peter Martyr an especially interesting case in the field of cult study as for him, life led immediately to cult: a cult dominated by those who knew him personally. The second half of the book is a translation into English of the major primary sources concerning Peter. These will be of interest to students of papal canonization, the Dominican order, the Inquisition, hagiography, and local history. Contents: Introduction; Part 1 Peter of Verona: The false start - the early life of Peter of Verona; Practice and preaching - the later life and death of Peter of Verona. Part 2 Saint Peter Martyr: Sermons in stone - the canonization of Peter of Verona and the framework of his cult; A saint with a difference - the elaboration of Peter's cult; The bleeding loom - Peter's cult realized; Conclusion; Epilogue: life and death of a cult; Appendices; Bibliography; Index. About the Author: Donald Prudlo is Assistant Professor of Ancient and Medieval History at Jacksonville State University, USA.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Peter of Verona
The false start - the early life of Peter of Verona
Practising and preaching - the later life and death of Peter of Verona
Peter Martyr
rmons in stone - the canonization of Peter of Verona and the framework of his cult
A saint with a difference - the elaboration of Peter's cult
The bleeding loom - Peter's cult realized
Conclusion
Epilogue: the life and death of a cult
Appendices
Bibliography
Index
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