Catherine of Siena in her own words. Catherine of Siena

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Catherine of Siena in her own words.  by  Catherine of Siena

Catherine of Siena in her own words. by Catherine of Siena
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Examining the most authentic letters remaining by Saint Catherine of Siena, and two lauds attributed to her, it is clear that Catherine is a poet despite her style of spontaneous oral expression. Confronted with the work of contemporary poets,MoreExamining the most authentic letters remaining by Saint Catherine of Siena, and two lauds attributed to her, it is clear that Catherine is a poet despite her style of spontaneous oral expression.

Confronted with the work of contemporary poets, Catherine shares themes, linguistic styles and literary genres while retaining her own individual style, imagery and use of vocabulary. She deserves a place in the canon of Italian Literature and her position in the invention and promotion of the Italian language be acknowledged.-The first chapter provides the context for Catherines life and the political, social and intellectual milieu into which she was born and lived.

It addresses the political background of Siena, Italy and the Empire- the Churchs history and the Avignon Papacy- in addition to societal concerns about famine and plague. Finally, it closes with the Western schism.-Catherine of Sienas written works are the topic of the second chapter.

Her Dialogue of Divine Providence, Prayers and Letters are briefly introduced, and their manuscript and print history outlined, before delving into the issues of authorship and authenticity. Chapter three continues with the call for a new edition of Catherines letters, and an example of the proposed project: a transcription of the most authoritative documents in the Trecento Sienese and Tuscan dialects accompanied by a comparison with previous editions, and a translation of letters not yet published in English.-The dissertations last chapter includes the discovery, translation and printing of two lauds attributed to Catherine, and a brief discussion of the poems and of Catherine as poet ensues.

The poems are placed next to ones by Petrarch, Francis of Assisi and Jacopone da Todi, thus placing Catherine in both a sacred and secular literary tradition.



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