Patrons and Defenders: The Saints in the Italian City State

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I. B. Tauris, Jul 15, 1996 - Religion - 304 pages
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The cult of the saints played a vital role in the political life of Italian city states in the Middle Ages. The saints were a unifying force for a city, and brought prestige and power to its rulers, therefore the cult of the saints was bound up with the civic agenda, and worship was politically charged. Laymen - able men of affairs, orthodox and "kirchentreu", increasingly assumed responsibility for ensuring that "celestial guarantees" were obtained for a city's well-being, despite the traditionally powerful influence of the church.

This book is therefore not a hagiography, but an intensely political study of an age in which religious experience was seen as part of everyday life, and in which it seemed natural to medieval politicians to involve the saints in politics.

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
Before the Commune
33
Saints and Citizens in the Twelfth Century
60
Saints and Statutes
95
Building the Pantheon
135
Rulers Rites and Relics
198
Siena City of the Virgin
249
Virgin with Saints
276
Advocates of Order
298
conclus1on
323
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About the author (1996)

Diana Webb was Senior Lecturer in History at Kings College London until 2006. Her previous books include "Patrons and Defenders: the Saints in the Italian City States" (1996);Pilgrims and Pilgrimage in Medieval Europe" (1999); "Pilgrimage in Medieval England "(2000);Medieval European Pilgrimage "(2002);and "Saints and Cities in Medieval Italy" (2006).

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