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Author Schutte, Anne Jacobson.

Title Aspiring saints : pretense of holiness, Inquisition, and gender in the Republic of Venice, 1618-1750 / Anne Jacobson Schutte
Published Baltimore, Md. : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001
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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 337 pages) : illustrations
Contents Preface -- Twelve true stories? -- The Roman Inquisition in Venice -- "Little women" and discernment of spirits -- From study to courtroom -- Refashioning "true" holiness -- Sorceresses, witches, and inquisitors -- Healers of the soul -- Healers of the body -- Rings and other things -- Time and space -- Sex and gender -- Pretense?
Summary Between 1618 and 1750, sixteen people & mdash;nine women and seven men & mdash;were brought to the attention of the ecclesiastical authorities in Venice because they were reporting visions, revelations, and special privileges from heaven. All were investigated, and most were put on trial by the Holy Office of the Inquisition on a charge of heresy under various rubrics that might be translated as "pretense of holiness." Anne Jacobson Schutte looks closely at the institutional, cultural, and religious contexts that gave rise to the phenomenon of visionaries in Venice. To explain the worldview of the prosecutors as well as the prosecuted, Schutte examines inquisitorial trial dossiers, theological manuals, spiritual treatises, and medical works that shaped early modern Italians' understanding of the differences between orthodox Catholic belief and heresy. In particular, she demonstrates that socially constructed assumptions about males and females affected how the Inquisition treated the accused parties. The women charged with heresy were non-elites who generally claimed to experience ecstatic visions and receive messages; the men were usually clergy who responded to these women without claiming any supernatural experience themselves. Because they "should have known better," the men were judged more harshly by authorities. Placing the events in a context larger than just the inquisitorial process, Aspiring Saints sheds new light on the history of religion, the dynamics of gender relations, and the ambiguous boundary between sincerity and pretense in early modern Italy
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 303-326) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Discernment of spirits -- History of doctrines -- 17th century.
Discernment of spirits -- History of doctrines -- 18th century.
Holiness -- Catholic Church -- History of doctrines -- 18th century
Inquisition -- Italy -- Venice.
Holiness -- Catholic Church -- History of doctrines -- 17th century
Visionaries -- Italy -- Venice -- History -- 17th century.
Visionaries -- Italy -- Venice -- History -- 18th century.
Women in the Catholic Church -- History -- 17th century.
Women in the Catholic Church -- History -- 18th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 00009314
ISBN 0801865484 (alk. paper)
0801876869 (electronic bk.)
9780801865480 (alk. paper)
9780801876868 (electronic bk.)