Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2008

Publication Title

eHumanista: Journal of Iberian Studies

Volume

11

Pages

158-170

Abstract

The thirteenth century was witness to a revolution in personal piety and the Camino de Santiago represented this new age. Pilgrimage in the Middle Ages became not only a symbol of devotion, but also a powerful method of active participation in one’s own salvation.1 The importance of this burgeoning individualism is reflected by the miracle tales of a saint who is connected both spiritually and geographically to Santiago and his trail. Like the miracles attributed to the patron saint, the miracles of Santo Domingo de Silos, as they are interpreted by Gonzalo de Berceo, reflect this revolution in personal piety. In Berceo’s hagiography, Santo Domingo turns from intercessor and healer to liberator who actively seeks to reward those who demonstrate external practices of devotion.

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Original Publication Citation

Daas, M. M. (2008). The shepherd goes to war: Santo Domingo revisited. eHumanista: Journal of Iberian Studies, 11, 158-170.

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