JiscMail Logo
Email discussion lists for the UK Education and Research communities

Help for MEDIEVAL-RELIGION Archives


MEDIEVAL-RELIGION Archives

MEDIEVAL-RELIGION Archives


MEDIEVAL-RELIGION@JISCMAIL.AC.UK


View:

Message:

[

First

|

Previous

|

Next

|

Last

]

By Topic:

[

First

|

Previous

|

Next

|

Last

]

By Author:

[

First

|

Previous

|

Next

|

Last

]

Font:

Proportional Font

LISTSERV Archives

LISTSERV Archives

MEDIEVAL-RELIGION Home

MEDIEVAL-RELIGION Home

MEDIEVAL-RELIGION  October 2007

MEDIEVAL-RELIGION October 2007

Options

Subscribe or Unsubscribe

Subscribe or Unsubscribe

Log In

Log In

Get Password

Get Password

Subject:

saints of the day 22. October

From:

John Dillon <[log in to unmask]>

Reply-To:

medieval-religion - Scholarly discussions of medieval religious culture <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Sun, 21 Oct 2007 22:29:32 -0500

Content-Type:

text/plain

Parts/Attachments:

Parts/Attachments

text/plain (116 lines)

medieval-religion: Scholarly discussions of medieval religion and culture

Today (22. October) is also the feast day of:

Donatus of Fiesole (d. ca. 875/76).  The Irishman Donatus was bishop of
Fiesole (an ex-Roman hilltown just outside of Florence) by the year 844.
 By the time of the synod of Ravenna in 877 he had been replaced by a
bishop Zenobius.  His Vita (BHL 2305) appears to have been written by
someone who had not known him and is transmitted in eleventh- and
twelfth-century legendaries compiled in the diocese of Fiesole.  But it
is based in part on diocesan records and, though the indiction given is
problematic, there is little reason to question its statement that at
Piacenza D. obtained confirmation of his diocese's immunities from
Charles the Bald (in Italy in 875 after the death of Louis II and again
in 877).  Preserved in this Vita is a brief epitaph for D. written in
the first person in which he says (or is made to say), _Regibus italicis
servivi pluribus annis, / Lothario magno, Ludovicoque bono_ ("I served
the kings of Italy for many years, Lothar the great and Louis the good."
This claim of service to Carolingian kings together with his having
been said in the Vita to have received at Capua an important grant for
his diocese from an Augustus who must be Louis II has led some to assert
that D. accompanied Louis II in his southern descent of 866 (when L.
took Capua by force from rulers who had ceased to recognize their
Salernitan overlord).

According to the Vita, the well educated D. had left Ireland as a young
man for a life of religion on the Continent and was travelling northward
after a pilgrimage to Rome when he was elected bishop of Fiesole by
popular acclaim.  He was remembered both for his holiness (the Vita
adduces several miracles) and for his learning.  The epitaph has him
teaching grammar, versification, and saints' lives to his students; the
Vita includes several brief poems said to be his.  One of those saints
whose lives he taught was Brigid of Kildare, to whom he is said in the
Vita to have had a special devotion and whose _Vita metrica_ (BHL 1459)
has an introduction by him (opinions are divided on D.'s authorship of
the metrical Life itself).

D. was buried in Fiesole's old cathedral near the foot of the hill. 
After the dedication of the present cathedral of St. Romulus (begun in
the 1020s), this became the church of a Benedictine abbey now generally
known as the Badia di Fiesole.  A brief history of the Badia and of its
church (rebuilt in the fifteenth century) is here:
http://www.firenzealbergo.it/info/churches/badia_fiesolana.aspx
Facade:
http://tinyurl.com/yarcgu
Interior:
http://tinyurl.com/ylt3gq
A distance view of the Badia and of Florence below it:
http://tinyurl.com/y2wlfp
A thirteenth-/fourteenth-century crucifix formerly belonging to the
Badia, now in Fiesole's Chiesa di San Domenico:
http://sandomenicodifiesole.op.org/graphics/crocDon.jpg

In 1817 D.'s remains were translated up the hill to a chapel in the
cathedral of San Romolo.  An Italian-language history of this "new"
cathedral is here:
http://www.cattedralefiesole.it/cattedrale.php
And four pages of views of it (keep clicking on "Avanti"; the views
themselves are expandable by left-clicking) are here:
http://www.cattedralefiesole.it/galleria_foto.php
More exterior views:
http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immagine:Duomofiesole.jpg
http://www.comune.fiesole.fi.it/contenuti/foto/neve/04.jpg
More interior views:
http://flickr.com/photos/idlelight/12631940/
http://www.travelblog.org/Photos/3556.html?popped=1

D.'s cult has left its mark in the names of several nearby locales that
were formerly possessions either of the abbey or of the diocese.  At one
of these, San Donato di Poggio, a _frazione_ of Tavarnelle Val di Pesa
(FI), the seemingly eleventh-century church of San Donato, incorporating
traces of a predecessor, was restored in the nineteenth century. 
Exterior views:
http://www.comune.tavarnelle-val-di-pesa.fi.it/PICTURE/32A9FB98.JPG
http://www.emmeti.it/Welcome/Toscana/Chianti/DonatoPoggio/img/foto2.jpg
Baptismal font (sixteenth-century) by Giovanni della Robbia:
http://www.fotosearch.com/bigcomp.asp?path=AGE/AGE014/C04-272897.jpg

Also seemingly originally of the eleventh century, though rebuilt in the
early modern period, is D.'s church at San Donato in Fronzano, a
_frazione_ of Reggello (FI).
Exterior:
http://www.storiaecultura.it/cornucopia/aaimmago/chiese/donato1.jpg
Interior:
http://www.storiaecultura.it/cornucopia/aaimmago/chiese/donato5.jpg
Surviving fifteenth- and sixteenth-century frescoes:
http://www.storiaecultura.it/cornucopia/aaimmago/chiese/donato6.jpg
http://www.storiaecultura.it/cornucopia/aaimmago/chiese/donato4.jpg

Elsewhere in Tuscany, the diocese of Fiesole extends up the Arno into
the Casentino.  Despite the latter's proximity to Arezzo (the home of
another St. Donatus), the medieval churches around which arose today's
San Donato a Brenda and San Donato a Coffia (both in today's
Pratovecchio [AR]) will surely have honored the Donatus of Fiesole.

Here's D. at right in a later fifteenth-century painting by Andrea del 
Verrocchio and Lorenzo Credi of the Madonna and Child with saints in 
the cathedral of Pistoia (PT) in Tuscany:
http://tinyurl.com/33g3ow  

Best,
John Dillon
(last year's post lightly revised)

**********************************************************************
To join the list, send the message: join medieval-religion YOUR NAME
to: [log in to unmask]
To send a message to the list, address it to:
[log in to unmask]
To leave the list, send the message: leave medieval-religion
to: [log in to unmask]
In order to report problems or to contact the list's owners, write to:
[log in to unmask]
For further information, visit our web site:
http://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/lists/medieval-religion.html

Top of Message | Previous Page | Permalink

JiscMail Tools


RSS Feeds and Sharing


Advanced Options


Archives

January 2020
December 2019
November 2019
October 2019
September 2019
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019
December 2018
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004
September 2004
August 2004
July 2004
June 2004
May 2004
April 2004
March 2004
February 2004
January 2004
December 2003
November 2003
October 2003
September 2003
August 2003
July 2003
June 2003
May 2003
April 2003
March 2003
February 2003
January 2003
December 2002
November 2002
October 2002
September 2002
August 2002
July 2002
June 2002
May 2002
April 2002
March 2002
February 2002
January 2002
December 2001
November 2001
October 2001
September 2001
August 2001
July 2001
June 2001
May 2001
April 2001
March 2001
February 2001
January 2001
December 2000
November 2000
October 2000
September 2000
August 2000
July 2000
June 2000
May 2000
April 2000
March 2000
February 2000
January 2000
December 1999
November 1999
October 1999
September 1999
August 1999
July 1999
June 1999
May 1999
April 1999
March 1999
February 1999
January 1999
December 1998
November 1998
October 1998
September 1998
August 1998
July 1998
June 1998
May 1998
April 1998
March 1998
February 1998
January 1998
December 1997
November 1997
October 1997
September 1997
August 1997
July 1997
June 1997
May 1997
April 1997
March 1997
February 1997
January 1997
December 1996
November 1996
October 1996
September 1996
August 1996
July 1996
June 1996
May 1996
April 1996


JiscMail is a Jisc service.

View our service policies at https://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/policyandsecurity/ and Jisc's privacy policy at https://www.jisc.ac.uk/website/privacy-notice

Secured by F-Secure Anti-Virus CataList Email List Search Powered by the LISTSERV Email List Manager