Saint Vincent Ferrer, His World and Life Religion and Society in Late Medieval Europe by Philip Daileader

Saint Vincent Ferrer, His World and Life Religion and Society in Late Medieval Europe

Written by Philip Daileader
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Saint Vincent Ferrer, His World and Life Religion and Society in Late Medieval Europe by Philip Daileader

Born amidst the Black Death, Saint Vincent Ferrer is deemed one of the most famous preachers of medieval Europe. A constant traveler, Ferrer traversed Europe, preaching of the apocalypse's imminence, converting Jews and Muslims to Christianity, and working for moral reform. This study reassesses Ferrer's motives, controversial methods, and impact.


This book is a beautifully written and carefully researched biography of one of the superstar preachers of the later Middle Ages. Despite Ferrer's dark history, Daileader, in elegant and compelling prose, portrays Vincent as a man of conscience, one convinced that he was living at the end of days and whose final years marked a sort of tragic crisis. In short, Daileader has produced that rarest of historical works: one that is as satisfying to scholars as it is pleasing to the general reader. - Laura A. Smoller, Professor of History, University of Rochester, USA The complex, conflicted life of Vincent Ferrer has been illuminated with a deft hand and a lucid vision in this welcome new study. Like panels in a stained-glass window, each chapter reveals both a distinctive aspect of the apocalyptic preacher's career, and the context that shaped it. The result is a balanced and well-documented yet highly readable narrative-one that helps make sense of the bewildering political, social, and religious world of the Great Schism. - Robin Vose, Associate Professor of History, St. Thomas University, Canada

About the Author

Philip Daileader is Associate Professor of History at The College of William and Mary, USA. He is the author of True Citizens: Violence, Memory, and Identity in the Medieval Community of Perpignan, 1162-1397 (2000; French translation, 2004) and co-editor of French Historians, 1900-2000: New Historical Writing in Twentieth-Century France (2010).

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301 pages


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Publication date

6th January 2016



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