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Abrege de L'Histoire de Sainte Elisabeth de Hongrie, Duchesse de Thuringe (1207-1231)

by Le Comte de Montalembert

1845 - Bruxelles - La Societe Nationale

6" x 4", 316pp

 

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Leatherbound volume with gilt title to the spine.

St. Elisabeth of Hungary (German: St. Elisabeth von Thringen, Hungarian: rpd-hzi Szent Erzsbet, 7 July 1207 17 November 1231) spent most of her short life in Germany. She was born in Srospatak (according to tradition), Kingdom of Hungary, on 7 July 1207. She was the daughter of King Andrew II of Hungary (11751235) and Gertrude of Andechs-Merania, and at age 4 was brought to the court of the Rulers of Thuringia in Central Germany, to become a future bride in order to reinforce political alliances between the families. Elisabeth was married at the age of 14, widowed at 20, relinquished her wealth to the poor, built hospitals, and became a symbol of Christian charity in Germany and elsewhere after her death at the age of 24.

Very soon after the death of Elisabeth, miracles were reported that happened at her grave in the church of the hospital, especially miracles of healing. On the suggestion of Konrad, and by papal command, examinations were held of those who had been healed between August, 1232, and January, 1235. The results of those examinations was supplemented by a brief vita of the saint-to-be, and together with the testimony of Elisabeth's handmaidens (bound in a booklet called the Libellus de dictis quatuor ancillarum s. Elisabeth confectus), proved sufficient reason for the quick canonization of Elisabeth on 27 May 1235 in Perugia--no doubt helped along by her family's power and influence. Very soon after her death, hagiographical texts of her life appeared all over Germany, the most famous being Dietrich of Apolda's Vita S. Elisabeth, which was written between 1289 and 1297. Elisabeth's shrine became one of the main German centers of pilgrimage of the 14th century and early 15th century.

CONDITION

The binding is tight and firm with both covers and all pages securely attached. There is some wear to the extremities including bumping to the corners, rubbing and fading to the boards and spine, ink stains to the front board, and a small stain to the rear board. Internally the pages are generally clean and bright with heavy spotting throughout. There is a small ink inscription on the first blank endpaper, some underlining in ink to the first chapter and in pencil to the second. There are some small tears with loss to a few pages although this does not seem to affect the text. Overall the volume is in good only condition.

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