Chapter 5 Heretics, Hemorrhages, and Herrings

Miracles and the Canonizations of Dominican Saints

In: A Companion to Medieval Miracle Collections

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The miracle narratives of the early Dominican saints provide a window through which to view both the development of the Order of Preachers and the history of miracles and sainthood. This chapter studies the miracle narratives of Dominic, Peter of Verona, and Thomas Aquinas to trace the interactions between lay piety and the requirements of institutionally recognized sanctity. What appears is a mutually supportive dialogue between educated and non-educated Christians about incarnational holiness. By comparing Dominican works to those of the broader Church, we can come to a better understanding of the meanings of “miracle” and “holiness” in the period.