The Cult of Saint Katherine of Alexandria in Late-Medieval Nuremberg

Simon, Anne
Date published: 
December 2012

Saint Katherine of Alexandria was - after the Virgin Mary -arguably the most important female religious figure within medieval Europe. Yet despite this many gaps in our knowledge remain as regards the significance and function of her cult within Germany. Dr Simon's book addresses this lacunae, using Nuremberg as a case study to examine the ways in which the cult expressed itself - in literature, art; devotional practice, Patrician patronage, political strategy, urban space - and how the various forms of expression interacted to shape Patrician and civic identity.