Visions and Visionaries

William A. Christian, Jnr. Apparitions in Late Medieval and Renaissance Spain. Princeton U.P 1981.
This is an excellent study of visions of the BVM and other saints in social/cultural contexts, and is one of the best studies of 'visionary' experience I have read: it deserves an audience wider than specialists in Spanish religious history. Points to note include the range of Virgin apparitions from multiple witnesses, grand drama, with UFO-like overtones (witness awoken from sleep by brilliant light and barking of dogs for instance), to much more intimate, low key ghost/fairy type single percipient events; the high standard of 15th century investigation; and the role of physical evidence as a 'sign' continuing the visions.

Peter Rogerson, Magonoa 23, 1985

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