Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Catherine of Siena: No Saint Is an Island
by Mills, Jessica, M.A., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 2017, 83; 10275176
Abstract (Summary)

Catherine of Siena, a 14th-century saint, penetrated the Italian political scene ranging from local politics to the papal seat of Pope Gregory XI. Scholars have depicted her success as a living saint on her relationship with her confessor, Raymond of Capua. However, through analysis of her letters and background texts, it is clear that Catherine created a network of families and individuals even before she met Raymond in 1374. To what extent did this network that she actively created contribute to her success as a public figure in medieval Italy? What impact did this group of people have on Catherine and what impact did Catherine have on the network of followers? What information can be extrapolated from studying Catherine’s letters, hagiography, and testimonial works post-mortem? And, how does Raymond’s miniscule presence in the network change our interpretation of the basis of Catherine’s success?

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Sjursen, Katrin
Commitee: Despain, Jessica, Frick, Carole
School: Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Department: Historical Studies
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 56/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Biographies, Religious history, Medieval history
Keywords: Catherine of Siena, Living saint, Network analysis, Raymond of Capua
Publication Number: 10275176
ISBN: 9780355165937
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