A Guide to the The Golden Legend Folio Leaves, 1498(?), 1527 The Golden Legend Folio Leaves Ms2009-109

A Guide to the The Golden Legend Folio Leaves, 1498(?), 1527

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms2009-109


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Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms2009-109
Title
The Golden Legend Folio Leaves 1498(?), 1527
Physical Characteristics
1 folder; 0.1 cu. ft.
Language
English
Abstract
This collection contains five folio leaves from two separate printings of The Golden Legend written by Jacobus de Voragine.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the The Golden Legend Folio Leaves must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: The Golden Legend Folio Leaves, Ms2009-109, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The Golden Legend Folio Leaves were donated to Special Collections.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the The Golden Legend Folio Leaves commenced and was completed in July 2009.


Biographical/Historical Information

Jacobus de Voragine was born in Viraggio–a city near Genoa–around 1230. He entered the Order of St. Dominic at a young age and quickly earned a reputation for his piety and zeal for learning. In 1292, de Voragine was elected Archbishop of Genoa and served until his death around 1298.

Jacobus de Voragine wrote The Golden Legend as a dedication to the lives of the saints around 1260. Originally, the work was named "Legenda Sanctorum," but soon became known as the "Legenda Aurea," or "Golden Legend," by the people of the day who believed the work to be worth its weight in gold. While this work is not valued as much for the accuracy with which it deals with the "real" lives of the saints as it is for its value as a cultural icon, the work stands as one of the most important hagiographical texts from the Middle Ages.

Scope and Content

The Golden Legend folio leaves come from two separate printings of the text–one leaf from 1498(?) and the other four from 1527. These folio leaves were printed during a time when The Golden Legend was the most frequently printed book in all of Europe (1470-1530). In fact, there are about 900 surviving Golden Legend manuscripts.

The leaves contained in this collection discuss the lives of Saints Rocke, Bernarde, Hugh, Edmonde, and Ypolyte (Hippolytus), as well as the resurrection of Christ and the assumption of the Blessed Virgin.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically.


Index Terms

    Persons:

  • Jacobus, de Voragine, ca. 1229-1298.
  • Worde, Wynkyn de, d. 1534?
  • Subjects:

  • Christian saints --Legends --Early works to 1800.
  • Titles:

  • Jacobus, de Voragine, ca. 1229-1298 --Legenda aurea. English (Middle English).

Contents List

Folder 1
Folio leaves, 1498(?), 1527.

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Jacobus, de Voragine, ca. 1229-1298.
  • Worde, Wynkyn de, d. 1534?