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The biographical fashioning of the Americas' first Saint: Santa Rosa de Lima (1586-1617)

Hart, SM; (2019) The biographical fashioning of the Americas' first Saint: Santa Rosa de Lima (1586-1617). Modern Language Review , 114 (2) pp. 230-258. 10.5699/modelangrevi.114.2.0230. Green open access

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Abstract

This article studies the disjunctions between the narratives created around the first saint of the Americas, Santa Rosa de Lima (1586–1617). According to the Peruvian popular version, Rosa could speak to mosquitoes, whereas the Vatican version eschews mention of the insects. The fact that the first official biography, Vita mirabilis et mors pretiosa (1664), was written not by a German Dominican called Leonardus Hansen but by an elusive English Dominican, Vincent Torre, suggests that this text was part of the Popish Plot and constitutes a coded attempt to bring England back to the True Faith.

Type: Article
Title: The biographical fashioning of the Americas' first Saint: Santa Rosa de Lima (1586-1617)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.5699/modelangrevi.114.2.0230
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.5699/modelangrevi.114.2.0230
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > SELCS
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10085117
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