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Doctrinal and Physical Marginality in Christian Death: The Burial of Unbaptized Infants in Medieval Italy

Madison Crow; Colleen Zori; Davide Zori;
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  • Published: 17 Dec 2020 Journal: Religions, volume 11, issue 678 (issn: 2077-1444, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: MDPI AG
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<jats:p>The burial of unbaptized fetuses and infants, as seen through texts and archaeology, exposes friction between the institutional Church and medieval Italy’s laity. The Church’s theology of Original Sin, baptism, and salvation left the youngest children especially vulnerable to dying unbaptized and subsequently being denied a Christian burial in consecrated grounds. We here present textual and archaeological evidence from medieval Italy regarding the tensions between canon law and parental concern for the eternal salvation of their infants’ souls. We begin with an analysis of medieval texts from Italy. These reveal that, in addition to utilizing orthodox m...
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free text keywords: medieval Italy, fetus and infant burials, archaeology, San Giuliano, medieval mortuary practices, lcsh:Religions. Mythology. Rationalism, lcsh:BL1-2790, Folk religion, Baptism, Northern italy, History, Archaeological evidence, Ancient history, Middle Ages, Life testing, Canon law, Original sin
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