Date of Award

5-23-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in History and University Honors

Department

History

First Advisor

John Ott

Subjects

Saint Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) - Political and social views, Saint Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) - History, Religion and state -- Italy --History

DOI

10.15760/honors.559

Abstract

This project looks at the career of St. Catherine of Siena and argues that without the relationships she had with her closest followers, who provided social connections and knowledge of the operation of political power, she would not have been able to pursue as active or wide-ranging a career. The examination of Catherine’s relationships, the careers of her followers, and the ways she made use of this network of support, relies mainly on Catherine’s extant letters. Most prior research on St. Catherine focuses on her spirituality and work with the papacy, which leaves out the influence of her local, political environment and the activities of her associates. This work examines Catherine’s place on Siena’s political landscape and within the system of Italian politics more generally.

Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/25260

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