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8 The Merchant of Brescia: Incorporating the terraferma in the Miracle of the Son of Giacomo de Salis

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During the procession of 1443, among the crowd witnessing the celebrations was a citizen of Brescia, by the name of Giacomo de Salis. Giacomo was much too upset to enjoy the spectacle and join in the festive mood. The night before, on the eve of the feast, he had received distressing news from back home. His young son, while running in the piazza della loggia in the newly reconstructed civic centre, had collided with a corner of a stone balustrade and injured his head. The grim news had shaken the unfortunate father. Seized by despair, he numbly attended to the festivities. That is, until the procession carrying the Cross reached him. He threw himself on his knees before the relic and prayed for his son's recovery. On the next day the doctors attending to the boy lifted the poultice on his head and found the tissue underneath clean, and healing.

Keywords: Brescia; Giacomo de Salis; piazza della loggia; True Cross



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