Worldly Saints

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Lehmijoki-Gardner, Maiju
Worldly Saints. Social Interaction of Dominican Penitent Women in Italy 1200–1500
Finnish Historical Society
Bibliotheca Historica 35
Helsinki 1999, 189 pp.


This book examines how the Dominican penitents were actually situated in the world, and what were their techniques for saintly living in that world. These lay women did not withdraw from the world into a specifically defined religious space. Instead they created spiritual fulfillment within their ordinary lives by following specific religious practices, exercising pious customs, and by drawing a mental, rather than physical, boundary between themselves and the world. This book examines the various forms of active service work available to the Dominican penitent saints and their role in these women´s spiritual perfection. Finally this book studies the criticism that women's public piety attracted.

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ISBN 951-710-097-3
ISSN 1238-3503