Corpus Domini and the Creation of Adam and Eve

Carol Lansing

in Power & Purity

Published in print September 2001 | ISBN: 9780195149807
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849079 | DOI:
Corpus Domini and the Creation of Adam and Eve

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This chapter examines the ways in which the Orvietan commune, from the mid-1260s on, became identified with the papal curia and the celebration of the Corpus Domini feast. Ecclesiastical and civic authority became closely linked: men in high popular office were now more apt to be papal appointees than former Cathars. The town's ceremonies and processions in the late duecento and early trecento linked hierarchy and orthodoxy: in the Corpus Domini play, the town's popular executives, the Seven, accompanied by the clergy, carried the bloody altar cloths that constituted proof of transubstantiation to the pope. On the façade of the new cathedral, Lorenzo Maitani's workshop carved one of the masterpieces of early-14th-century sculpture, reliefs that portrayed in detail the sanctity of physical creation.

Keywords: Cathars; Catharism; Orvieta; papal curia; Corpus Domini; hierarchy

Chapter.  7009 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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