(ISSN 0777- 8112)


An indispensable complement to the Acta Sanctorum and the Analecta Bollandiana the Subsidia hagiographica comprises monographs, critical editions and supplementary reference works. These include the catalogues of hagiographical manuscripts of several important libraries as well as the famous Bibliothecae hagiographicae, which list all Greek and Latin hagiographic texts up to 1500 A.D.


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Subsidia hagiographica, vol. 96

A. VAUCHEZ.  Saint Homebon de Crémone “père des pauvres” et patron des tailleurs.  Vies médiévales et histoire du culte. 
Avec la collaboration de U. LONGO et L. ALBIERO et le concours de V. SOUCHE (= Subsidia hagiographica, 96).
Bruxelles, 2016 [ISBN 978-2-87365-032-2].

The famous medievalist André Vauchez offers a complete study on “Saint Homobonus of Cremona, ‘father of the poor’ and patron of tailors”. Vauchez not only edited and translated all the hagiographic texts dedicated to the saint; he also describes in detail his cult – important in the modern era – and analyzes his iconography.
Married and father, this artisan and cloth merchant from Cremona (ca 1117-1197) was the first non-noble layman whose sanctity was recognized by the Church during the Middle Ages. Grand result of a vast research on Homobonus, this beautiful volume sheds light on the economic and social doctrine of the Church at the end of the 12th and 13th centuries, as well as on the concept of holiness then in vigor. It even touches upon some singularly contemporary themes, especially where it poses the crucial question of the compatibility between holiness and money.

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