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Memory And Hagiography: The Formation Of The Memory Of Three Thirteenth-Century Female Saints

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This chapter investigates three basic case studies. All of them originated in the thirteenth-century, which was the period when the canonization process was formalized as a judicial investigation to memorialize a person as a saint. This was approximately the same period during which the inquisitorial procedure against heretics had become a centralized and formalized process. The first among cases is that of Elizabeth of Hungary, who represents the most female saints of the thirteenth-century in all of Western Europe. The other examples can be defined as special because neither of them represents a "typical" case of sainthood, since Margaret of Hungary was not canonized until the twentieth century. Guglielma of Milan is the third, and although she was venerated, she was never canonized since she and her followers were condemned as heretics. The chapter investigate how a personal memory of someone changes in time and space, becoming literature or hagiography.

Keywords: Guglielma; hagiography; Margaret; personal memory; thirteenth century female saints



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