Thomas Aquinas's Relics As Focus For Conflict And Cult In The Late Middle Ages: The Restless Corpse by Marika RäsänenThomas Aquinas's Relics As Focus For Conflict And Cult In The Late Middle Ages: The Restless Corpse by Marika Räsänen

Thomas Aquinas's Relics As Focus For Conflict And Cult In The Late Middle Ages: The Restless Corpse

byMarika Räsänen

Hardcover | February 17, 2017

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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 even present, but were only re-created 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.
 
Marika Räsänen is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Turku Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the University of Turku.  
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Title:Thomas Aquinas's Relics As Focus For Conflict And Cult In The Late Middle Ages: The Restless CorpseFormat:HardcoverDimensions:308 pages, 9.2 × 6.1 × 0.9 inPublished:February 17, 2017Publisher:Amsterdam University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9089648739

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List of illustrationsAcknowledgementsIntroductionI The Death of Thomas, 7 March 1274II The Miraculous Body at FossanovaIII Thomas's Land - Praesentia among the FaithfulIV Written Remembrance of the RemainsConclusion: The Endless StoryAppendix: De sancto Thome de AquinoAbbreviationsBibliographyIndex