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Author Räsänen, Marika, author

Title Thomas Aquinas's relics as focus for conflict and cult in the late Middle Ages : the restless corpse / Marika Räsänen
Published Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press, 2017


Description 1 online resource (308 pages) : illustrations
Series Crossing boundaries: Turku medieval and early modern studies
Crossing boundaries: Turku medieval and early modern studies.
Contents Introduction. The material and allegorical presence of the Saint's remains; The long last journey of Thomas's dust; The Thomas relic cults; Readings of the corpse : textual, allegorical, and iconographic; A note on the spelling of names; 1. The Death of Thomas, 7 March 1274. The memory of Thomas's arrival at the Monastery of Fossanova; At Thomas's bedside; Visions of the last breath; The funeral; 2. The Miraculous Body in Fossanova. Hidden corpse, revealed sainthood; The tomb at the centre of liturgical practices -- 'Blessed Thomas, the saint corpse, release me from this fever'; Divided body, fragmented sanctity -- 3. Thomas's Land : Praesentia among the Faithful. Becoming the Patron Saint of Priverno; Rays of sainthood around Fossanova; The strongholds of Thomas's cult in Southern Italy; The treasure in Fondi; 4. Written Remembrance of the Remains. A problematic possession in the hagiography; Memorial practices of the body on Thomas's Feast Day; Promoting the rightful ownership of Thomas's corpse; Thomas's Neapolitan memory; The importance of the matter; Conclusion : The Endless Story -- Appendix 1: DE SANCTO Thome de AquinoTranscription from the manuscript Vat. lat. 10153
Summary This book offers a new way of looking at Saint Thomas Aquinas-not as a living man, but as a posthumous source of relics. Marika Räsänen delves deep into the strange relationship between Aquinas's physical remains and the devotional moments they enabled-in many cases in situations where the actual relics were not present, but were recreated verbally, pictorially, or allegorically. Both the actual relics and these extended manifestations of them, Räsänen shows, were equally real to the medieval spectator, though the question of the material presence of Aquinas's remains became increasingly important over time amid the political tumult of southern Italy
Analysis Relics
Thomas Aquinas
cult of saints
late Middle Ages
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 275-300) and index
Notes In English
Subject Thomas, Aquinas, Saint, 1225?-1274 -- Relics
Thomas, Aquinas, Saint, 1225?-1274
Death -- Religious aspects -- Catholic Church.
Medieval history.
RELIGION -- Christian Theology -- Systematic.
RELIGION -- Christianity -- General.
Death -- Religious aspects -- Catholic Church
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2017391135
ISBN 9789048527373