De belichaming van christelijke liefde - Gevoelens en lichamelijkheid in zestiendeeeuwse franciscaanse martelaarsverhalen | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 126, Issue 4
  • ISSN: 0040-7518
  • E-ISSN: 2352-1163


This article studies emotions and the bodily expression of emotions present in the martyr stories in Tasso’s contemporary history (1583). Tasso was a member of the observant Franciscans and drew on several sources for his compilation of stories of the martyrdom of his fellow brothers in the Netherlands, France, and the British isles. This article studies the observant Franciscans as an ‘emotional community’ (Barbara Rosenwein). This concept allows us to understand in a wider context the emotional vocabulary used in the martyr stories. The importance of martyrdom and emotions in the Franciscan tradition suggests that this tradition had a profound influence on the martyr stories in Tasso’s history.


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