Stigmatized holy women as female Christs

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Abstract

This article examines the attempts to promote female stigmatics from the fourteenth to the sixteenth century, and delineates the ways in which these challenged deeply-entrenched theological presumptions. In response to the claims that St. Francis (d. 1226) had been transformed into Christ at the time of His stigmatization, it argues, the supporters of Italian Dominican women mystics hailed them as incarnated female Christs, and even proposed that the miracle of their stigmatization surpassed that of the reception of the stigmata by the holy man St. Francis.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDiscorsi sulle stimmate dal Medioevo all'età contemporanea
Subtitle of host publicationDiscours sur les stigmates du Moyen Âge à l'époque contemporaine
EditorsGábor Klaniczay
Place of PublicationRoma
PublisherEdizioni di Storia e Letteratura
Pages151-175
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9788863725551
ISBN (Print)8863725551
StatePublished - 2013

Publication series

NameArchivio Italiano per la Storia della Pieta
Volume26
ISSN (Print)1128-6768
ISSN (Electronic)1824-3789

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