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Acts of the Martyrs

Overview page. Subjects: Christianity.

The most reliable accounts of early Christian martyrdoms are those (few) which follow the official reports of the trials. The so-called ‘Passions’ were written by Christian authors and...

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Ambrosius Catharinus

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(c.1484–1553),

theologian. Lancelot Politi became a Dominican in 1517, taking the name of two saints of the Order. He was soon employed in controverting Lutheran teaching. In...

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Auxiliary Saints

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(Lat. auxilium, ‘assistance’).

A group of 14 saints, also known as the Fourteen Holy Helpers, venerated for the supposed efficacy of their prayers on behalf of human necessities....

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Battista Vernazza

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(1497–1587),

Augustinian canoness and mystic. A disciple of St Catherine of Genoa, she was long thought to have been the final redactor of her works, but this suggestion has been...

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Christina

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(4th century?),

virgin and martyr. There are two claimants to this title who have come to share the same Acts: Christina of Tyre (Phoenicia) and Christina of Bolsena in Tuscany. It...

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Fourteen Holy Helpers

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A group of saints who enjoyed a collective cult in the Rhineland from the 14th century. It became popular in response to the Black Death and political and economic crises. From Ratisbon and...

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Hagiographical Illustration

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

The primary focus of Byz. hagiographical (see Hagiography) illustration was portraiture: the particular deeds of individual saints played a comparatively minor role in all but the very...

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Joan of Arc

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(1412–31),

virgin. Born at Domrémy (Champagne), the daughter of a peasant farmer, Joan was a pious girl brought up during the Hundred Years War: she was three years of age when the...

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Josephine Elizabeth Butler

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(1828–1906),

social reformer. Her main interest was in the reclamation of prostitutes and the suppression of the ‘white slave’ trade. Her activity was based on a life of almost...

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lily

Overview page. Subjects: Biblical Studies.

Symbols of beauty, in S. of S. (2: 1–2; 5: 13), where the flower referred to is probably a blue hyacinth. In one of the rare references to natural beauty in the NT, Jesus speaks of the...

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