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Author Brown, Jennifer N. (Jennifer Nancy), author.

Title Fruit of the orchard : reading Catherine of Siena in late medieval and early modern England / Jennifer N. Brown
Published Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, [2019]


Description 1 online resource (xi, 312 pages)
Contents Intro; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction -- Finding Catherine of Siena in Late Medieval and Early Modern England; 1 Compiling Catherine: The Visionary Woman, Stephen Maconi, and the Carthusian Audience; 2 William Flete, English Spirituality, and Catherine of Siena; 3 Catherine Excerpted: Reading the Miscellany; 4 The Orcherd of Syon: How to Read in the Convent; 5 Catherine in Print: Lay Audiences and Reading Hagiography; Conclusion -- Reforming Reading: Catherine of Siena in an Age of Reform; Appendix A: Literary Ancestry Chart; Appendix B: Catherine Texts in England; Notes; Bibliography
Summary "Fruit of the Orchard sheds light on how Catherine of Siena served as a visible and widespread representative of English piety becoming a part of the devotional landscape of the period. By analyzing a variety of texts, including monastic and lay, complete and excerpted, shared and private, author Jennifer N. Brown considers how the visionary prophet and author was used to demonstrate orthodoxy, subversion, and heresy. Tracing the book tradition of Catherine of Siena, as well as investigating the circulation of manuscripts, Brown explores how the various perceptions of the Italian saint were reshaped and understood by an English readership. By examining the practice of devotional reading, she reveals how this sacred exercise changed through a period of increased literacy, the rise of the printing press, and religious turmoil."-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on January 29, 2019)
Subject Catherine, of Siena, Saint, 1347-1380 -- Manuscripts
Catherine, of Siena, Saint, 1347-1380
Devotional literature, English (Middle) -- History and criticism
Transmission of texts -- England -- History
Literacy -- England -- History
Books and reading -- England -- History
Christian women saints -- Italy -- Biography
RELIGION -- Christianity -- Catholic.
HISTORY -- Modern -- 16th Century.
Books and reading
Christian women saints
Devotional literature, English (Middle)
Transmission of texts
England -- Religious life and customs
Genre/Form Biographies
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781487519384