The Golden Legend: Selections

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Penguin, 1998 - 382
The Golden Legend is one of the central texts of the Middle Ages, a superb summary of saints' lives and religious festivals which decisively influenced the imagery of poetry, painting and stained glass.
By creating a single-volume sourcebook of all the core Christian stories, Jacobus de Voragine (c. 1229-98) attracted a huge audience right across Europe. Chaucer adapted the section on St Cecilia in his Canterbury Tales and Caxton published an expanded English version in 1483. This selection of over seventy biographies ranges from the first Apostles and Roman martyrs to near-contemporaries like St Dominic, St Francis of Assisi and St Elizabeth of Hungary. Witnesses to the true faith withstand terrible tortures and reduce their persecutors to mockery. Reformed prostitutes win divine forgiveness, while other women live disguised as monks or nobly resist lustful tyrants. Jacobus's book is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand medieval imagery, art and thought.
 

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ST ANDREW APOSTLE 30 November
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ST NICHOLAS 6 December
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ST AMBROSE 7 December
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ST LUCY VIRGIN 13 December
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ST THOMAS APOSTLE 21 December
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ST ANASTASIA 21 December
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ST JOHN APOSTLE AND EVANGELIST 27 December
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ST THOMAS OF CANTERBURY 29 December
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ST MARY MAGDALENE 22 July
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ST CHRISTOPHER 25 July
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THE SEVEN SLEEPERS OF EPHESUS 27 July
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ST MARTHA 29 July
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ST GERMAIN BISHOP 31 July
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ST DOMINIC 4 August
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ST LAURENCE MARTYR 10 August
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ST BERNARD 20 August
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ST HILARY 13 January
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ST ANTHONY ABBOT 17 January
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ST SEBASTIAN 20 January
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ST AGNES VIRGIN 21 January
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ST VINCENT 22 January
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ST JOHN THE ALMSGIVER 23 January
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ST IGNATIUS 1 February
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ST BLAISE 3 February
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ST AGATHA VIRGIN 5 February
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ST AMAND 6 February
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ST JULIANA 16 February
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ST MATTHIAS APOSTLE 24 February
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ST GREGORY 12 March
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ST LONGINUS 15 March
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ST BENEDICT 21 March
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ST MARY OF EGYPT 2 April
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ST GEORGE 23 April
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ST MARK EVANGELIST 25 April
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ST MARCELLINUS POPE 26 April
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ST JAMES THE LESS APOSTLE 1 May
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ST PETRONILLA 31 May
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ST BARNABAS APOSTLE 11 June
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ST BASIL BISHOP 14 June
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ST QUIRICUS AND HIS MOTHER JULITTA 16 June
141
STS GERVASE AND PROTASE 19 June
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ST PETER APOSTLE 29 June
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ST PAUL APOSTLE 30 June
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ST ALEXIS 17 July
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ST MARGARET 20 July
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ST BARTHOLOMEW 24 August
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ST GILES 1 September
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ST THEODORA 11 September
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ST EUPHEMIA 16 September
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ST EUSTACE 20 September
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ST JUSTINA 26 September
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STS COSMAS AND DAMIAN 27 September
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ST JEROME 30 September
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ST REMY 1 October
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ST FRANCIS 4 October
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ST PELAGIA 8 October
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ST THAIS COURTESAN 8 October
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STS DIONYSIUS RUSTICUS AND ELEUTHERIUS 9 October
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THE ELEVEN THOUSAND VIRGINS 21 October
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STS CHRYSANTHUS AND DARIA 25 October
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STS SIMON AND JUDE APOSTLES 28 October
285
ST QUENTIN 31 October
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THE FOUR CROWNED MARTYRS 8 November
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ST MARTIN BISHOP 11 November
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ST BRICE 13 November
302
ST ELIZABETH 19 November
304
ST CECILIA 22 November
317
ST CLEMENT 23 November
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ST CATHERINE 25 November
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ST JAMES THE MUTILATED 27 November
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STS BARLAAM AND JOSAPHAT 27 November
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EXPLANATORY NOTES
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TEXTUAL VARIANTS
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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.

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