Law, medicine, and engineering in the cult of the saints in counter-Reformation Rome : the hagiographical works of Antonio Gallonio, 1556-1605 / by Jetze Touber ; translated from Dutch by Peter Longbottom.
- Boston : Brill, 2014.
- Studies in medieval and Reformation traditions ; v. 178.
Studies in medieval and Reformation traditions, 1573-4188 ; volume 178
1 online resource (353 p.)
- Christian hagiography.
Martyrdom -- Christianity -- History.
Gallonio, Antonio, -1605.
- Electronic books.
- The Oratorian priest Antonio Gallonio (1556-1605) devoted his life to writing about saints. The thread running through his hagiographical oeuvre was renunciation of this world: humility, subservience and endurance. Yet he engaged with the expertise of lay people, jurists, physicians and engineers, so as to appeal to their interests and convert them. In order to emphasize how saints endured torture, healed disease and exercised piety rather than ingenuity, Gallonio ventured into those secular disciplines, even if he did not endorse them. This book surveys Gallonio’s published and unpublished works and his position in Roman society, to expose the tensions between a theocratic clergy and the self-assertion of skilled and scholarly professionals in the Italian Counter-Reformation.
- Preliminary Material
1. I ntroduction
2. Hagiography and Historiography
3. Judicial Proceedings and Malicious Torture
4. Health and Holiness
5. Martyrological Technology
6. Collecting Material about Saints
Index of Names
Index of Places
Index of Subjects.
- Description based upon print version of record.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Description based on print version record.
- Longbottom, Peter.
- Publisher Number:
- 10.1163/9789004265141 DOI
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