Thursday, February 7, 2019
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Annmary Brown Memorial, 21 Brown St.
Free and open to the public
Naples possesses the relics of S. Gennaro, including his head, bones, and dried blood which melts and boils up to three times a year. The miraculous liquefaction drew visitors from all over Counter-Reformation Europe. In the seventeenth century, authors complained that even though Muley el-Hassan, the exiled king of Tunis, had seen the miracle in 1543, he still failed to convert. The example of his hard heart only enhanced the spectacular cases of those Muslims who did seek baptism, including some members of the king’s own family.
Presented by the Center for the Study of the Early Modern World