He entered the Dominican order in , and became the prior at Como , Bologna and Asti in succession. He was provincial of Lombardy from till , when he was removed at the meeting of the order in Paris. He also represented his own province at the councils of Lucca and Ferrara Early in the same pope, himself a Franciscan , summoned Jacobus to Rome, intending to consecrate him archbishop of Genoa. Jacobus reached Rome on Palm Sunday 30 March , only to find his patron ill of a deadly sickness, from which he died on Good Friday 4 April. The cardinals, however, propter honorem Communis Januae "for the honor of the commune of Genoa" , determined to carry out this consecration on the Sunday after Easter.

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Jacobus became a Dominican in After gaining a reputation throughout northern Italy as a preacher and theologian, he was provincial of Lombardy —78 and —86 and archbishop of the independent city of Genoa until his death. He was beatified in for his work as a peacemaker between Guelphs pro-papal party and Ghibellines pro-imperial , and his feast day in the Dominican order is July Immensely popular in the Middle Ages, it was translated into all western European languages and gradually much enlarged.

Medieval artists found the Golden Legend a storehouse of events and persons to be illustrated. But the miraculous stories it contains and its natural lack of historical perspective rendered the book unacceptable at the Reformation and after the rise of the new learning, so it then went completely out of fashion. This article was most recently revised and updated by Amy Tikkanen , Corrections Manager.

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Tobit, 27 The Life of S. Judith, 36 The Life of S. Lucy, 59 The Life of S. Nicasius, 61 The Life of S. Thomas the Apostle, 62 The Life of S. Anastasia, 67 The Life of S. Eugenia, 68 The Life of S.


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Or Silvester is said of silvas and of trahens, that is to say he was drawing wild men and hard unto the faith. Or as it is said in glossario, Silvester is to say green, that is to wit, green in contemplation of heavenly things, and a toiler in labouring himself; he was umbrous or shadowous. That is to say he was cold and refrigate from all concupiscence of the flesh, full of boughs among the trees of heaven. The correct derivation is alluded to in the text, but set out in parallel to fanciful ones that lexicographers would consider quite wide of the mark. Even the "correct" explanations silvas, "forest", and the mention of green boughs are used as the basis for an allegorical interpretation.

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