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For Heaven’s sake – becoming Christians in Florence, XVIIth-XVIIIth centuries

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In this work, the author examines the phenomenon of conversions to Catholicism in Florence between XVIIth and XVIIIth century, starting from the reconstruction of the catechumen’s House history. In the second half of the XVIIth century, thanks to a Florentine aristocrat woman’s will, the institution hosted infidels of every origin, and the number of conversions grew considerably. Such liberality led to a difficult economic crisis that the grand-dukes of Lorraine tried to fix, by limiting the actions just for Tuscan subjects. However, priests did not stop abusing or interfering, most of all against Jews.

Samuela Marconcini

Per amor del cielo
Farsi cristiani a Firenze tra Seicento e Settecento

Firenze University Press, Firenze 2016

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Lourdes: the miracles stories – origin and development of a worldwide devotion

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The work’s purpose is to explain which causes contributed to the success of Lourdes and its devotion. This analysis starts from the comparison between the 18 Marian apparitions in Lourdes and other similar events happened in France, which had different results. After an initial contextualisation, some key aspects of Catholic Church of that age are analysed. In this study, two fields are examined in depth, according to the purpose of the text: medical science and literature, both connected with the topic of miracles.

Alessandro Di Marco

Lourdes: storie di miracoli
Genesi e sviluppo di una devozione planetaria

Firenze University Press, Firenze 2016

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