A Heritage Of Holy Wood: The Legend Of The True Cross In by Barbara Baert

By Barbara Baert

Within the fourth century the belief arose that the move on which Christ used to be crucified have been chanced on by way of Helena, mom of Emperor Constantine. hence all started a legend that might develop and flourish through the center a while and reason the diffusion of numerous splinters of holy wooden. And the place there's wooden, there has been as soon as a tree. may perhaps it's that the pass was once made up of that the majority noble species, the Tree of existence? So, collecting characters alongside the way in which, the legend developed right into a story that stretches from the production to the top of Time. A historical past of Holy wooden is the 1st reconstruction of the iconographic and literary culture of the Legend of the genuine pass. Its huge scope encompasses relic cults, pilgrimages, visitors' stories and the Tree of existence and comprises Church Fathers, crusader kings, Teutonic Knights and mendicant orders, all of which inspired the legend's depiction from its earliest illustration in manuscripts, reliquaries and altarpieces, to the good huge cycles of the excessive heart a while. If the holy wooden was once the medium of medieval reminiscence, A history of Holy wooden unearths the expansion jewelry of fifteen centuries of images.

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If one concentrates on the total number of clear cases, it can be noted that the most petitions came from French territory, followed by the German area. 5 cases. 5 petitions (the Spanish and Portuguese cases added together). Thereafter, one finds the ‘British Isles’ and Ireland, together with 1213 entries. The lowest frequencies are found in Eastern Europe and, finally, Scandinavia. The most populated areas near the centre of the Church are the ones with the most petitions. The further away from the Holy See one moves, the fewer petitions occur.

26 If we cast a glance at the concluding phrases of the supplication, the imprint of a canon law scholar is clearly visible. Most likely we see here the pen stroke of one of the official Apostolic proctors in Rome. , Reg. Matrim. , vol. 37, fol. 228r–v. For the original Latin version see Jørgensen and Saletnich, Synder og Pavemakt, 161–162. AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD 35 for the supplicant as possible. The supplication text in this section consists largely of fixed formulas. In a case like the one of Simon, the petitioner could plead guilty or not guilty.

The other petition categories contain only relatively few cases. Scots in their turn used the Penitentiary mainly for three different matters: marriage (36%), illegitimacy (29%) and confession letter (27%) issues. Strangely, only very few entries are to be found in the de diversis formis and in the de declaratoriis categories that normally are relatively large petition groups. Such divisions, however, do not tell the actual reasons behind the need for grace in the individual territories, as there still might have been important differences between the dioceses in one territory.

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