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The Miraculous Transplantation of the "Black Leg" by SS. Cosmas and Damian in Spain during the Early Modern Period

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This paper will examine the representation of the miraculous transplantation of the "black leg" by SS. Cosmas and Damian in Spain during the early modern period. Cosmas and Damian appeared at the bedside of an ailing church sacristan with a cancerous leg, which they successfully replaced with another taken from the body of a deceased black man (traditionally identified as an Ethiopian slave, Arab or Moor). Patron saints of medicine and pharmacy, Cosmas and Damian (martyred ca. 300) were popularly venerated throughout Europe, but the miracle of the transplanted leg appears to have found particular resonance in Spain. This paper will examine whether the visual emblem of the successful grafting of white and black, Christian and Muslim, was received differently in post–Reconquest Spain, where the political, cultural, and religious tensions amongst the Christian, Mudéjar (Muslim in Christian Spain) and Morisco (Catholic convert of Muslim descent) ran high.
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Dolphin, Erika. "The Miraculous Transplantation of the "Black Leg" by SS. Cosmas and Damian in Spain during the Early Modern Period" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the RSA Annual Meeting, Hilton Montreal Bonaventure Hotel, Montreal, Quebec Canada, <Not Available>. 2014-09-14 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p482074_index.html>

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Dolphin, E. "The Miraculous Transplantation of the "Black Leg" by SS. Cosmas and Damian in Spain during the Early Modern Period" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the RSA Annual Meeting, Hilton Montreal Bonaventure Hotel, Montreal, Quebec Canada <Not Available>. 2014-09-14 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p482074_index.html

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Abstract: This paper will examine the representation of the miraculous transplantation of the "black leg" by SS. Cosmas and Damian in Spain during the early modern period. Cosmas and Damian appeared at the bedside of an ailing church sacristan with a cancerous leg, which they successfully replaced with another taken from the body of a deceased black man (traditionally identified as an Ethiopian slave, Arab or Moor). Patron saints of medicine and pharmacy, Cosmas and Damian (martyred ca. 300) were popularly venerated throughout Europe, but the miracle of the transplanted leg appears to have found particular resonance in Spain. This paper will examine whether the visual emblem of the successful grafting of white and black, Christian and Muslim, was received differently in post–Reconquest Spain, where the political, cultural, and religious tensions amongst the Christian, Mudéjar (Muslim in Christian Spain) and Morisco (Catholic convert of Muslim descent) ran high.

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