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The Stigmata in Medieval and Early Modern Europe

Carolyn Muessig


Francis of Assisi’s reported reception of the stigmata on Mount La Verna in 1224 is often considered to be the first account of an individual receiving the five wounds of Christ. The thirteenth-century appearance of this miracle, however, is not as unexpected as it first seems. Interpretations of Galatians 6:17—I bear the stigmata of the Lord Jesus Christ in my body—had been circulating in biblical commentaries since late antiquity. These works explained stigmata as wounds that martyrs received, like the apostle Paul, in their attempt to spread Christianity in the face of resistance. By the se ... More

Keywords: stigmata, Francis of Assisi, Catherine of Siena, Peter Damian, gender, somatic theology, religious women, Tommaso Caffarini, Martin Luther, Galatians 6:17

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198795643
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198795643.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carolyn Muessig, author
Professor of Medieval Religion, University of Bristol