Article ID: CBB001420842

Giovanni di Rupescissa: autobiografia, profezia e leggenda (2013)


Ciola, Graziana (Author)

Micrologus: Natura, Scienze e Società Medievali
Volume: 21
Pages: 517--579

Publication Date: 2013
Edition Details: Article in a special issue, “Mittelalterliche Legenden von Philosophen und Gelehrten / The Medieval Legends of Philosophers and Scholars”
Language: Italian

John of Rupescissa's life appears to be as colourful and eventful as the legendary traditions built around it -- and it is sometimes hardly distinguishable from these legends. This paper deals with Rupescissa's figure on three levels: the one based on the few certified data and documents we can access, John's autobiography, and the more or less legendary tradition developing around his character. Starting with an analysis of the autobiographical passages in John's works, in particular with the descriptions of his imprisonment, this paper shows how John's autobiography presents some incoherencies, it's not to be taken as a completely reliable historical source, and it seems to be at the origins of John's prophetic fame and of the development of the legendary tradition. Indeed, in John's autobiographical selfportrait, the apologetic instances and the justification of his prophetic activities are strictly interwoven and play a central role. By reporting sometimes an edited version of the events and presenting himself as a sorely suffering prisoner, John proves to actually be the true prophet of the final tribulations and, by doing so, he aims to be proven innocent of the accusations raised against him. In the end, by incrementing his own prophetic fame, it is in the first place Rupescissa who makes a legend out of himself.

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Authors & Contributors
DeVun, Leah
Matus, Zachary Alexander
Vega, Amador
Raimondi, Francesco Paolo
Crisciani, Chiara
Streetman, W. Craig
Micrologus: Natura, Scienze e Società Medievali
Early Science and Medicine: A Journal for the Study of Science, Technology and Medicine in the Pre-modern Period
Arabic Sciences and Philosophy
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Food and History
Bollettino di Storia delle Scienze Matematiche
Columbia University Press
Herder and Herder
Harvard University
Columbia University
Science and religion
Franciscans (religious order)
Johannes de Rupescissa
Arnaldus de Villanova
Lull, Ramón
Vanini, Giulio Cesare
al-Fārābī, Abū Naṣr Muḥammd ibn Muḥammad
Time Periods
14th century
13th century
10th century
17th century
Catalonia (Spain)

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