Tom-- an indirect reference for you--- Margherita of Cortona and the
Lorenzetti by Joanna Cannon and Andre Vauchez (1999). , has an extensive
discussion of her vita and about her uses to the Franciscans of Cortona.
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> Has anyone heard of an author of a saint's life refer to himself as a
> "baiulus"? The Lexicon lat. Nederlandicae defines baiulus as a "bearer"
> or "carrier". In Fra Giunta's Legenda de vita et miraculus beatae
> Margaritae de Cortona (Iozzelli critical ed. 1997) the hagiographer Fra
> Giunta often refers to himself as Baiulus, with the implication that he
> is the bearer of St Margaret of Cortona's (d. Feb 22, 1297, Franciscan
> Tertiary) message or deeds. Is the biographer suggesting that he is
> God's chosen messager to transmit the words and actions of Margaret? Is
> this a first in the development of Latin saints' lives? It almost seems
> he is making himself a sort of alter-saint, along with his subject.
> I would appreciate any leads you might have.
> Thomas Renna - History
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