Darrera modificació: 2019-12-23
Bases de dades: Sciència.cat
Smoller, Laura Ackerman, "A case of demonic possession in Fifteenth-Century Brittany: Perrin Hervé and the nascent cult of Vincent Ferrer", dins: Goodich, Michael (ed.), Voices from the Bench: The Narratives of Lesser Folk in Medieval Trials, Nova York, Palgrave-Macmillan, 2006, pp. 149-176.
- In 1453-54, 313 witnesses testified at a Brittany inquest into the sanctity of Vincent Ferrer. A number of witnesses at the canonization inquest testified about the miraculous cure in 1425 of one of the town's more prominent citizens, a client of Duke Pierre, a man named Perrinus Hervei, also known as Grasset. Although in Perrinus's own testimony, he simply had gone out of his mind until placed on Vincent Ferrer's tomb, other witnesses were adamant that what they had seen was a case of demonic possession. This article examines the testimony about Perrinus's miraculous healing as lens through which to view the nascent cult of Vincent Ferrer in Brittany. The timing of Perrinus's cure, as well as its prominence in the Brittany testimony, suggests its importance in the formation of the cult of Vincent Ferrer. Furthermore, the testimony reveals the way in which various Bretons were attempting to shape the cult of the holy man on behalf of whose canonization they were testifying. Some of the testimony indicates a desire to impugn the reputation of the Carmelites, whose activities had come under question in mid-fifteenth-century Brittany. Other testimony underscores connections between the cult of Vincent Ferrer and the dukes of Brittany, who sought to gain a sacred legitimacy through stressing their ties to the holy preacher. The testimony also hints at the ways in which promoters of Vincent's cult worked to publicize this and other miracles, particularly in the years leading up to the canonization inquest. Finally, the testimony about Perrinus's cure helps to reveal social networks in fifteenth-century Vannes.
- Religió - Hagiografia