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The Golden Legend by Jacobo di Voragine


One of the central texts of the Middle Ages, The Golden Legend deeply influenced the imagery of poetry, painting and stained glass with its fascinating descriptions of saints’ lives and religious festivals.

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In the hallowed annals of the Middle Ages, “The Golden Legend” stands as a luminary beacon, casting its profound influence over the realms of poetry, painting, and stained glass artistry. Crafted by the venerable Jacobus de Voragine (c. 1229-98), this magnum opus served as a singular compendium, a repository of sacred tales that enraptured the hearts and minds of countless souls across the expanse of Europe.

Within its pages, over seventy biographies unfold, each a testament to the enduring spirit of Christian devotion. From the hallowed footsteps of the first Apostles to the noble sacrifices of near-contemporaries like St. Dominic, St. Francis of Assisi, and St. Elizabeth of Hungary, the lives of saints and martyrs are laid bare in vivid detail.

Here, amidst the annals of sanctity, the faithful bear witness to unimaginable trials and tribulations, enduring unspeakable tortures with unwavering resolve. Prodigal souls find redemption in divine forgiveness, while virtuous women, disguised as monks, defy the constraints of their gender to serve their faith.

With lucidity and eloquence, “The Golden Legend” offers a mesmerizing glimpse into the labyrinthine depths of the medieval psyche, illuminating the fervent piety and enduring resilience of the human spirit.

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The Golden Legend


Penguin Books Ltd


Jacobo di Voragine

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ISBN/EAN        9780140446487