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The Life 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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732586.003.0002
The Life of St. Elizabeth

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This chapter treats the testimony, offered to the papal commission in January 1235, by the four women who knew Elizabeth the best: Guda and Isentrud, Elizabath’s ladies-in-waiting during her years at the Thuringian court, and Irmgard and Elizabeth, her handmaids and fellow hospital workers during her time in Marburg. It argues that even at this early stage in the production of a saint’s life, the four women and the commissioner whom they addressed were influenced by models of sanctity that would have shaped their testimony. The chapter offers three different prevailing models of sanctity —St. Radegund, the early beguines, and the early Franciscans —and speculates as to how each might have influenced the image of Elizabeth that emerged from the proceedings.

Keywords: St. Elizabeth; Guda; Isentrud; Irmgard; Thuringia; Marburg; hospital; Radegund; beguines; Franciscans

Chapter.  21609 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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