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The miracles distinguish Sainte Foy as an unusual and highly individualistic child saint displaying a fondness for gold and pretty things, as well as a penchant for playing practical jokes on her worshippers. In his record of Sainte Foy, Bernard of Angers, the eleventh-century author of the first parts of the Liber miraculorum, emphasized the saint's "unheard of" miracles, such as replacing missing body parts and bringing dead animals back to life.
The introduction to the volume situates Sainte Foy in the history in the history of hagiography and places the saint and her monastery in the social context of the high Middle Ages. Sheingorn also evokes the rugged landscape of south central France, the picturesque village of Conques on the pilgrimage road, and, most important, the golden, jewel-encrusted reliquary statue that medieval believers saw as the embodiment of Sainte Foy's miracle-working power. In no other book will readers enjoy such a comprehensive portrait of Sainte Foy and the culture that nurtured her.
Pamela Sheingorn is Professor of Art at Baruch College, CUNY, and Professor of Medieval Studies at the Graduate School, CUNY.
List of Figures
The Passion of Sainte Foy
The Book of Sainte Foy's Miracles
—Letter to Bishop Fulbert
—Other Miracles of Sainte Foy
The Translation of Sainte Foy
The Song of Sainte Foy
—translation by Robert L. A. Clark