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3. Judicial Proceedings and Malicious Torture

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Antonio Gallonio's work as a hagiographer was frequently occasioned by administrative and judicial questions relating to the cult of the saints, especially in the later years of his life. His historical expertise was a vital asset in resolving such matters, making him a regular advisor to the Congregation of Rites and Ceremonies. While the development of the canonization procedure was at its height, Gallonio became involved in a conflict that arose from differing viewpoints on the role of the clergy within that procedure. Martyrdom also constituted a spectacle in the legal sphere, though it was far less embedded in canon law. Martyrdom was a delicate matter for which the early modern Church developed little jurisprudence. Gallonio thus dismissed once more the worldly ambitions of jurists who by means of ingenious procedures endeavored to impose order on society.

Keywords: hagiography; judicial torture; martyrdom; saints



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