The Legenda Aurea of Jacobus de Voragine
, compiled about 1260 and one of the most-read books of the High Middle Ages, gives sufficient details of the saints for each day of the liturgical year to inspire a homily on each occasion.
While it may be true, as Kleinberg says, that "the intellectual abilities of Jacobus de Voragine
hardly measured up to those of Saint Thomas Aquinas or Henry of Ghent," scholars such as Sherry Reames and Alain Boureau have argued that Jacobus was well aware of the political and theological concerns of the church and structured his text accordingly (p.
She was instrumental in many important acquisitions, for example the Legenda aurea [Golden Legend] by Jacobus de Voragine
, published in Venice in 1478.
In "Early Modern Catholic Piety in Translation," Carlos Eire (re)traces the influence of the late medieval devotional works that Ignatius of Loyola claimed had inspired him to leave soldiering and take up the cross, the Legenda aurea of Jacobus de Voragine
and the Life of Christ of Ludolf of Saxony.
In his Golden Legend, Jacobus de Voragine recounts that St.
Jacobus de Voragine, The Golden Legend: Readings on the Saints, trans.
In the thirteenth century, the Italian bishop Jacobus de Voragine
recorded the story of Saint George and the dragon in his book The Golden Legend.
In the Legenda Aurea, a text, which because of its ubiquity, Angelico was likely to have referenced, Jacobus de Voragine
moves rather quickly through Nicholas's youth, skipping from the miracles of his infancy to the story of the three poor girls and then to Nicholas's selection as bishop.
Using Durandus, Jacobus de Voragine
and others to explain the lives of the saints is very useful, and few readers, however well versed in ecclesiastical iconography, will fail to learn something from Lightbown's very readable text.
Collin's essay, "A Life Reconstituted: Jacobus de Voragine
, Erasmus of Rotterdam, and Their Lives of St.
This commonplace is expressed also by Cavalca, 1858, 13; and Jacobus de Voragine
, in [section]112 ; v.
When Jacobus de Voragine
combined the various components of the Magdalen story into a single vita and inserted it in the immensely popular Golden Legend the renown of the Mary Magdalen cult in the entire West was assured.