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Power & PurityCathar Heresy in Medieval Italy$
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Carol Lansing

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195149807

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149807.001.0001

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Corpus Domini and the Creation of Adam and Eve

Corpus Domini and the Creation of Adam and Eve

(p.158) Eight Corpus Domini and the Creation of Adam and Eve
Power & Purity

Carol Lansing

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the ways in which the Orvietan commune, from the mid-1260s on, became identified with the papal curia and the celebration of the Corpus Domini feast. Ecclesiastical and civic authority became closely linked: men in high popular office were now more apt to be papal appointees than former Cathars. The town's ceremonies and processions in the late duecento and early trecento linked hierarchy and orthodoxy: in the Corpus Domini play, the town's popular executives, the Seven, accompanied by the clergy, carried the bloody altar cloths that constituted proof of transubstantiation to the pope. On the façade of the new cathedral, Lorenzo Maitani's workshop carved one of the masterpieces of early-14th-century sculpture, reliefs that portrayed in detail the sanctity of physical creation.

Keywords:   Cathars, Catharism, Orvieta, papal curia, Corpus Domini, hierarchy

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