Criticism of luxury and corruption in the Catholic Church: a work about Catherine of Siena, the famous ascetic and the patron saint of Europe today

La Vida de Sancta Catherina de Sena - Cobles en Lahor dela Gloriosa Sancta Catherina de Sena

La Vida de Sancta Catherina de Sena - Cobles en Lahor dela Gloriosa Sancta Catherina de Sena

La Vida de Sancta Catherina de Sena - Cobles en Lahor dela Gloriosa Sancta Catherina de Sena

  1. Saint Catherine of Siena (1347–80) was a leading voice of criticism against the corruption of the Catholic Church

  2. Famous for her pseudo-anorexic asceticism and stigmata: St. Catherine of Siena is venerated today as the Patron Saint of Europe

  3. Two works about St. Catherine were printed together on May 11th, 1499 by Cristóbal Cofman in Valencia

La Vida de Sancta Catherina de Sena - Cobles en Lahor dela Gloriosa Sancta Catherina de Sena

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This extremely rare incunabulum (book printed before 1501) is one of two specimens to survive from the only edition of the work to ever be printed. It unites two works by St. Antonius of Florence (1389–1459) and Narcis Vinyoles (ca. 1442–1517) concerning the life of St. Catherine of Siena, one of the most important spiritual figures of the Middle Ages and in all of Church History. This handsome work, printed with splendid Gothic script and woodcuts, is a fantastic artifact of medieval Valencian culture.

La Vida de Sancta Catherina de Sena - Cobles en Lahor dela Gloriosa Sancta Catherina de Sena

This is one of only two surviving specimens of a work that appeared in a single edition and is, according to Konrad Haebler (1857–1946) “…the source of so many bibliographic errors that it is difficult to believe”. Perhaps it is a good thing then that it is such a rare incunabulum, or early printed book that originated before 1501, because it contains two works regarding the life of St. Catherine of Siena (1347–80), one of the most important figures in the history of the Middle Ages and the Catholic Church. The first work, La Vida de Sancta Catherina de Sena, was written by St. Antonius of Florence (1389–1459), while the latter, Cobles en Lahor dela Gloriosa Sancta Catherina de Sena, was written by the Valencian poet, lawyer, and politician named Narcis Vinyoles (ca. 1442–1517). The collected volume was published on May 11th, 1499 in the Valencian print shop of Cristóbal Cofman and its beautifully printed Gothic script is adorned with masterful woodcuts. This is a fantastic artifact of late-medieval Valencian culture and the emerging art of printing on the Iberian Peninsula.

The Most Saintly Catherine

Saint Catherine of Siena was one of the most prominent spiritual figures of the Middle Ages. Along with the Florentine Girolamo Savonarola (1452–1498), she was a leading voice of criticism against the luxury and corruption of the Catholic Church and of the growing secularism and materialism of late medieval society. Nonetheless, she was an prominent actor in the tumultuous politics of 14th century Italy, having convinced Pope Gregory XI (ca. 1329–1378) to end the Avignon Papacy and return the Holy See to Rome in 1377, and continued to act as a representative for the papacy and attempted to resolve the emerging Western Schism. A cult of devotion emerged almost immediately after her death and she was declared the Patron Saint of Europe by Pope John Paul II (1920–2005) in 1999. St. Catherine is also famous as an author, being only one of four women to be declared a Doctor of the Church, and for her pseudo-anorexic asceticism and stigmata, contributing to her early death. The saint is also venerated by some Protestant sects, speaking to her great piety and theological influence.

1 available facsimile edition(s) of „La Vida de Sancta Catherina de Sena - Cobles en Lahor dela Gloriosa Sancta Catherina de Sena“

La Vida de Sancta Catherina de Sena - Cobles en Lahor dela Gloriosa Sancta Catherina de Sena
La Vida de Sancta Catherina de Sena - Cobles en Lahor dela Gloriosa Sancta Catherina de Sena – CF-3/2 – Biblioteca General e Histórica de la Universidad (Valencia, Spain)
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La Vida de Sancta Catherina de Sena - Cobles en Lahor dela Gloriosa Sancta Catherina de Sena

1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size)
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Vicent Garcia Editores – Valencia, 1998
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Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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