The Saint and the Chopped Up Baby The Cult of Vincent Ferrer in Medieval and Early Modern Europe Vincent Ferrer a celebrated Dominican preacher from Valencia was revered as a living saint during his lifetime receiving papal canonization within fifty years of his death In The Saint a

  • Title: The Saint and the Chopped-Up Baby: The Cult of Vincent Ferrer in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
  • Author: Laura Ackerman Smoller
  • ISBN: 9780801452178
  • Page: 455
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Vincent Ferrer 1350 1419 , a celebrated Dominican preacher from Valencia, was revered as a living saint during his lifetime, receiving papal canonization within fifty years of his death In The Saint and the Chopped Up Baby, Laura Ackerman Smoller recounts the fascinating story of how Vincent became the subject of widespread devotion, ranging from the saint s tomb in BritVincent Ferrer 1350 1419 , a celebrated Dominican preacher from Valencia, was revered as a living saint during his lifetime, receiving papal canonization within fifty years of his death In The Saint and the Chopped Up Baby, Laura Ackerman Smoller recounts the fascinating story of how Vincent became the subject of widespread devotion, ranging from the saint s tomb in Brittany to cult centers in Spain, Italy, France, Germany, and Latin America, where Vincent is still venerated today Along the way, Smoller traces the long and sometimes contentious process of establishing a stable image of a new saint.Vincent came to be epitomized by a singularly arresting miracle tale in which a mother kills, chops up, and cooks her own baby, only to have the child restored to life by the saint s intercession This miracle became a key emblem in the official portrayal of the saint promoted by the papal court and the Dominican order, still haunted by the memory of the Great Schism 1378 1414 that had rent the Catholic Church for nearly forty years Vincent, however, proved to be a potent religious symbol for others whose agendas did not necessarily align with those of Rome Whether shoring up the political legitimacy of Breton or Aragonese rulers, proclaiming a new plague saint, or trumpeting their own holiness, individuals imposed their own meanings on the Dominican saint.Drawing on nuanced readings of canonization inquests, hagiography, liturgical sources, art, and devotional materials, Smoller tracks these various appropriations from the time of Vincent s 1455 canonization through the eve of the Enlightenment In the process, she brings to life a long, raucous discussion ranging over many centuries The Saint and the Chopped Up Baby restores the voices of that conversation in all its complexity.

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    1. The combination of deep scholarship, mastery of the source material and a strong, engaging writing style make this a fantastic book for understanding not only the negotiation that persists in saint-making but also links diverse regions of Europe across the foggy late-medieval/early modern divide. Prof. Smoller's book is engaging and her use of the odd and quirky tale of a dismembered infant (with bonus references to other odd subjects like cannibalism and the apocalypse) serves to sound out how [...]

    2. This brilliant book is not about Vincent Ferrer, but rather the images and narratives of Saint Ferrer that circulated from the mid-1400s onward. Smoller shows how the Catholic Church attempted to control perceptions of Ferrer, while European politicians, peasants, Dominican missionaries, and ultimately the indigenous Catholic converts of New Spain produced their own interpretations of the saint. The reader sees how devotional cults evolve and are revised over time. I almost gave the book five st [...]

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