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Reciprocated Devotion And Visitations Of The Saints

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This chapter looks at how the didactic visions of saints—and their core dynamic of Reciprocated Devotion—shaped two late medieval cults, one an emerging cult of a king-saint and the other the auto-hagiography of a would-be saint. The visions of the saints affirmed the dynamic of Reciprocated Devotion in two primary ways. First, the stories of saints as visionaries revealed the saints receiving visions at key moments in their lives, observing holy sights that others could not see, and receiving clear callings, all of which demonstrated that God’s hand was on them in a peculiar way, honoring them as holy people. Second, the accounts of miracle-visions performed by the saints after their deaths, encouraged the devotees to be earnest in their service since there were so many examples of saints intervening in the lives of those that were devoted to them.

Keywords: didactic visions; late medieval cults; Reciprocated Devotion; saints



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