Authors

David Powers

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Stories like St. John’s trial in boiling oil, pictured in Kerver's 1507 Book of Hours, were used by the Church to demonstrate the power of faith against threats of pain and death.This essay examines the symbolism in the image of St. John's martyrdom and discusses how narratives of self-sacrifice worked to inspire the spread of Christianity.

Publication Date

2018

Subjects

Book and manuscript illustration, engraving, Medieval Christian art and symbolism

Disciplines

Christianity | History of Religion | Medieval History

Martyrdom of St. John the Evangelist

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