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Author Vélez, Karin, 1974- author.

Title The miraculous flying house of Loreto : spreading Catholicism in the early modern world / Karin Vélez
Published Princeton, New Jersey ; Oxford : Princeton University Press, [2019]


Description 1 online resource
Summary In 1295, a house fell from the evening sky onto an Italian coastal road by the Adriatic Sea. Inside, awestruck locals encountered the Virgin Mary, who explained that this humble mud-brick structure was her original residence newly arrived from Nazareth. To keep it from the hands of Muslim invaders, angels had flown it to Loreto, stopping three times along the way. This story of the house of Loreto has been read as an allegory of how Catholicism spread peacefully around the world by dropping miraculously from the heavens. In this book, Karin Vélez calls that interpretation into question by examining historical accounts of the movement of the Holy House across the Mediterranean in the thirteenth century and the Atlantic in the seventeenth century. These records indicate vast and voluntary involvement in the project of formulating a branch of Catholic devotion. Vélez surveys the efforts of European Jesuits, Slavic migrants, and Indigenous peoples in Baja California, Canada, and Peru. These individuals contributed to the expansion of Catholicism by acting as unofficial authors, inadvertent pilgrims, unlicensed architects, unacknowledged artists, and unsolicited cataloguers of Loreto. Their participation in portaging Mary's house challenges traditional views of Christianity as a prepackaged European export, and instead suggests that Christianity is the cumulative product of thousands of self-appointed editors. Vélez also demonstrates how miracle narratives can be treated seriously as historical sources that preserve traces of real events. Drawing on rich archival materials, The Miraculous Flying House of Loreto illustrates how global Catholicism proliferated through independent initiatives of untrained laymen
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (JSTOR, viewed November 2, 2020)
Subject Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint -- Shrines -- Italy -- Loreto
Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint -- Apparitions and miracles.
SUBJECT Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint fast
Subject Catholic Church -- Europe -- History
Santa Casa (Loreto, Italy)
Catholic Church -- History.
SUBJECT Catholic Church fast
Santa Casa (Loreto, Italy) fast
Subject RELIGION -- Christianity -- Catholic.
HISTORY -- World.
SUBJECT Loreto (Italy) -- Buildings, structures, etc
Subject Europe
Italy -- Loreto
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780691184494