Hagiography by the Book: Bibliomancy and Early Modern Cultures of Compilation in Francisco Zumel's De vitis patrum (1588)

Hagiography by the Book: Bibliomancy and Early Modern Cultures of Compilation in Francisco... <p>Abstract:</p><p>This article probes the interplay of religious belief and early modern textual culture in Francisco Zumel&apos;s 1588 vita of Peter Nolasco. Like many hagiographers before and after, Zumel drew on earlier saint&apos;s lives to supply missing details; to choose his diverse set of sources, however, turned to bibliomancy, opening Laurentius Surius&apos;s hagiography collection <i>De probatis sanctorum historiis</i> at random. The intersection of divination and compilation constitutes not only a new and picturesque chapter in the story of early modern textuality, but also calls attention to the role of non-deliberative processes in reading and composition.</p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the History of Ideas University of Pennsylvania Press

Hagiography by the Book: Bibliomancy and Early Modern Cultures of Compilation in Francisco Zumel&apos;s De vitis patrum (1588)

Journal of the History of Ideas, Volume 80 (1) – Jan 30, 2019

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University of Pennsylvania Press
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<p>Abstract:</p><p>This article probes the interplay of religious belief and early modern textual culture in Francisco Zumel&apos;s 1588 vita of Peter Nolasco. Like many hagiographers before and after, Zumel drew on earlier saint&apos;s lives to supply missing details; to choose his diverse set of sources, however, turned to bibliomancy, opening Laurentius Surius&apos;s hagiography collection <i>De probatis sanctorum historiis</i> at random. The intersection of divination and compilation constitutes not only a new and picturesque chapter in the story of early modern textuality, but also calls attention to the role of non-deliberative processes in reading and composition.</p>

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Published: Jan 30, 2019

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