This Guide to the Underworld offers the first English translation of a late-Medieval Latin account of the martyrdom of St. Cyprian and St. Justina of Antioch, the basis of which is an anonymous Latin text found in a manuscript dating from 1485, and composed in Rouen in the region of Normandy. Here the focus on Justina seems to reflect that she had already acquired a kind of quasi-mythical status, as a type of Platonic ‘familiar spirit’ to Cyprian, by the time the document was written. Also included in this volume is an abridged translation of a curious narration of the theft of the body of St. Justina by the Antipope John XVI, and his subsequent gifting of this holy relic to the Cathedral at Piacenza.
The Torture and Death of St. Cyprian and St. Justina
Translated by Fr. Robert Nixon, osb.
A Guide to the Underworld.
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