The Preacher's Demons: Bernardino of Siena and the Social Underworld of Early Renaissance Italy

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University of Chicago Press, 1999 - 364 pages
"When the city was filled with these bonfires, he then combed the city, and whenever he received notice of some public sodomite, he had him immediately seized and thrown into the nearest bonfire at hand and had him burned immediately." This story, of an anonymous individual who sought to cleanse medieval Paris, was part of a sermon delivered in Siena, Italy, in 1427. The speaker, the friar Bernardino (1380-1444), was one of the most important public figures of the time, and he spent forty years combing the towns of Italy, instructing, admonishing, and entertaining the crowds that gathered in prodigious numbers to hear his sermons.

His story of the Parisian vigilante was a recommendation. Sexual deviants were the objects of relentless, unconditional persecution in Bernardino's sermons. Other targets of the preacher's venom were witches, Jews, and heretics. Mormando takes us into the social underworld of early Renaissance Italy to discover how one enormously influential figure helped to dramatically increase fear, hatred, and intolerance for those on society's margins.

This book is the first on Bernardino to appear in thirty-five years, and the first ever to consider the preacher's inflammatory role in Renaissance social issues.

 

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Mormando's (Italian/Boston Coll.) survey of the 40-year preaching career of the Franciscan friar and Catholic saint Bernardino of Siena (1380—1444) is one of only a few book-length studies on this ... Consulter l'avis complet

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The Voice Most Eagerly Listened To The Public Career and Critical Fortune of Bernardino of Siena
1
2 The Medieval Popular Franciscan Sermon
7
Christendom in Crisis
21
The Making of a PreacherCelebrity
29
Bernardinos Extant Works
40
6 Bernardino and the History of the Persecuting Society
45
7 The Witch the Sodomite the Jew and Bernardino
49
Lets Send up to the Lord God Some of the Same Incense Preparing the Great Witch Conflagration
52
5 Adolescent Sexuality and Sodomy
137
6 Bernardino and Vincenzo a Particular Friendship
142
7 Bernardinos Portrait of the Adult Sodomite
146
Terror Shame and Destruction
150
9 The Response of the Towns
155
All Jews Are the Chief Enemies of All Christians If You See a Jew in Need You Must Help Him with an Authentic Just Holy and Active Love Reappr...
164
1 Jews and Judaism in Bernardinos Opera Omnia
167
Repromulgating Canon Law
169

1 Bernardino and the Witches of Rome 1426
54
2 The Witch of Todi Matteuccia Di Francesco
72
3 The Godmother of Lucca
77
4 The Demonization of the Heretic
80
5 The Power and Omnipresence of the Devil
89
6 Bernardinos Guide to Sorcery Superstition and Folk Medicine
95
7 The Destruction of the Pagan Well Fontetecta
100
8 Popular Piety and Christian White Magic
103
The Response to Bernardino
105
Even the Devil Flees in Horror at the Sight of This Sin Sodomy and Sodomites
109
1 Definitions and Distinctions
111
2 Sodomy as the Worst Crime
121
3 Scripture Science and Reason against Sodomy
126
4 The Causes of the Sodomitic Vice
130
3 The Socalled Testamento di San Bernardino
179
4 The Campaign against Usury
182
5 The Passion Sermons
191
6 Miscellaneous Teachings on Judaism
196
7 The Effect of Bernardinos Preaching Campaigns
200
8 Assessing the Evidence
208
I Heard the Sound of You in the Garden and I Was Afraid
219
The Date of the Roman Witch Trial and of Bernardinos Heresy Trial
235
The Jewish Prohibition List Padua 1423
238
Notes
241
Works Cited
333
Index
355
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