The Afterlife of St. Elizabeth

Kenneth Baxter Wolf

in The Life and Afterlife of St. Elizabeth of Hungary

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199732586
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894895 | DOI:
The Afterlife of St. Elizabeth

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This chapter treats that part of the testimony that pertains to the miracles associated with Elizabeth’s shrine in Marburg. It uses data contained within the 130 depositions to recreate the workings of an early thirteenth-century saint cult. Specifically it considers the kind of people who sought Elizabeth’s aid and the maladies from which they suffered, the various forms of the vows that they took and the offerings they made to her, the ways in which they tried to maximize their chances of securing her intercession, and how they interpreted the final results of their efforts. In particular it highlights the surprisingly mechanical expectations that the petitioners had of Elizabeth as an intercessor and the indirect power that they, as her clients, exercised over her.

Keywords: St. Elizabeth; Marburg; saint cult; intercession; miracles; offerings; vows

Chapter.  23352 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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