‘Holy macharoni?’ : Miracles Encouraging Participation in the Bianchi Devotions of 1399

Lee, Alexandra R. A.. 2020. ‘Holy macharoni?’ : Miracles Encouraging Participation in the Bianchi Devotions of 1399. The Mediaeval Journal, 10(2), pp. 43-68. ISSN 2033-5385 [Article]

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Miracles are to be expected during a popular religious revival, and the Bianchi devotions of 1399 were no exception. A fear of plague moved the people of northern and central Italy to dress in white and participate in itinerant processions. Hundreds of miracles occurred during this time of heightened devotion. While the collective purpose of these events is difficult to pinpoint, I suggest that encouragement to participate in the Bianchi processions was a key function of numerous examples. In this context, such miracles encouraged individuals and/or communities to participate in the Bianchi devotions, or to follow regulations. Focusing on miracles related to food, visions, and resurrection, I demonstrate the importance of this encouragement, both in terms of productively discussing these events and in maintaining momentum for the Bianchi processions.

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miracle, Bianchi of 1399, blood, vision, resurrection, popular religious revival, plague, food

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14 Sep 2022 08:24

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