The Golden Legend: Selections by Jacobo Di VoragineThe Golden Legend: Selections by Jacobo Di Voragine

The Golden Legend: Selections

byJacobo Di VoragineTranslated byChristopher StaceIntroduction byRichard Hamer

Paperback | November 15, 1998

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One of the central texts of the Middle Ages, The Golden Legend deeply influenced the imagery of poetry, painting and stained glass with its fascinating descriptions of saints' lives and religious festivals. By creating a single-volume sourcebook of core Christian stories, Jacobus de Voragine (c. 1229-98) attracted a huge audience across Europe. This selection of over seventy biographies ranges from the first Apostles and Roman martyrs to near-contemporaries such as St Dominic, St Francis of Assissi and St Elizabeth of Hungary. Here, witnesses to the true faith endure horrific tortures; reformed prostitutes win divine forgiveness; while other women live disguised as monks or nobly resist lustful tyrants. Lucid and compelling, The Golden Legend offers an enthralling insight into the medieval mind.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Jacobus de Voragine (c.1229-98) was the medieval Archbishop of Genoa. He entered the Dominican Order in 1244 and became prior of the Order in Lombardy in 1267. In 1292 he became Archbishop and in this capacity was actively engaged in peacemaking between the local feuding families.
Title:The Golden Legend: SelectionsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 7.77 × 5.17 × 0.98 inPublished:November 15, 1998Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Translator's Note
1. St. Andrew, Apostle: 30 November
2. St. Nicholas, 6 December
3. St. Ambrose, 7 December
4. St. Lucy, Virgin, 13 December
5. St. Thomas, Apostle, 21 December
6. St. Anastasia, 25 December
7. St. John, Apostle and Evangelist, 27 December
8. St. Thomas of Canterbury, 29 December
9. St. Hilary, 13 January
10. St. Anthony, Abbot, 17 January
11. St. Sebastian, 20 January
12. St. Agnes, Virgin, 21 January
13. St. Vincent, 22 January
14. St. John the Almsgiver, 23 January
15. St. Ignatius, 1 February
16. St. Blaise, 3 February
17. St. Agatha, Virgin, 3 February
18. St. Amand, 6 February
19. St. Juliana, 16 February
20. St. Matthias, Apostle, 24 February
21. St. Gregory, 12 March
22. St. Longinus, 15 March
23. St. Bendict, 21 March
24. St. Mary of Egypt, 2 April
25. St. George, 23 April
26. St. Mark, Evangelist, 25 April
27. St. Marcellinus, Pope, 26 April
28. St. James the Less, Apostle, 1 May
29. St. Petronilla, 31 May
30. St. Barnabas, Apostle, 11 June
31. St. Basil, Bishop, 14 June
32. Sts. Quiricus and His Mother Julitta, 16 June
33. Sts. Gervase and Protase, 19 June
34. St. Peter, Apostle, 29 June
35. St. Paul, Apostle, 30 June
36. St. Alexis, 17 July
37. St. Margaret, 20 July
38. St. Mary Magdalene, 22 July
39. St. Christopher, 25 July
40. The Seven Sleepers, 27 July
41. St. Martha, 29 July
42. St. Germain, Bishop, 31 July
43. St. Dominic, 4 August
44. St. Laurence, Martyr, 10 August
45. St. Bernard, 20 August
46. St. Bartholomew, 24 August
47. St. Giles, 1 September
48. St. Theodora, 11 September
49. St. Euphemia, 16 September
50. St. Eustace, 20 September
51. St. Justina, 26 September
52. Sts. Cosmas and Damian, 27 September
53. St. Jerome, 30 September
54. St. Remy, 1 October
55. St. Francis, 4 October
56. St. Pelagia, 8 October
57. St. Thais, Courtesan, 8 October
58. Sts. Dionysius, Rusticus and Eleutherius, 9 October
59. The Eleven THousand Virgins, 21 October
60. Sts. Chrysanthus and Daria, 2561. Sts. Simon and Jude, Apostles, 28 October
62. St. Quentin, 31 October
63. The Four Crowned Martyrs, 8 November
64. St. Martin, Bishop, 11 November
65. St. Brice, 13 November
66. St. Elizabeth, 19 November
67. St. Cecilia, 22 November
68. St. Clement, 23 November
69. St. Catherine, 25 November
70. St. James the Mutilated, 27 November
71. Sts. Barlaam and Josaphat, 27 November
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Considered to be one of the central texts of the Middle Ages, Jacobus De Boragine’s collection of Christian stories earned him a reputation as a promising writer across Europe. His summary of the saints and religious festivals were the inspiration for much of the imagery in the poetry and paintings of the period, and continues to provide readers with the most comprehensive collection of classic Christian literature.