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Heaven's PurgePurgatory in Late Antiquity$
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Isabel Moreira

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199736041

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199736041.001.0001

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O Purgatorium Caeleste!

O Purgatorium Caeleste!

Purging Body and Soul at St. Martin’s Shrine

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(p.63) 3 O Purgatorium Caeleste!
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Heaven's Purge
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Isabel Moreira

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199736041.003.0003

This chapter examines how the cult of martyrs and saints promoted ideal responses to corporeal affliction. It examines the purging miracles recorded at the shrine of St. Martin of Tours, where health-giving violence experienced by the body in vomiting and intestinal purging was viewed as a template for divine power to purge the soul of sin. The chapter focuses on the purgatorial theology of Gregory of Tours, which identified the potion made of dust and water obtained at the tomb of St. Martin as a “celestial purgative.” It examines Gregory’s personal fears about his fate on judgement day.

Keywords:   martyrs, saints, purges, vomiting, miracles, St. Martin of Tours, Gregory of Tours, shrine, judgement day

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