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Contents Introduction 1. Sanctity 2. The Beginnings 3. On the Way to Heaven: Perpetua's Passion 4. The Ascetics 5. Antony, the First Hermit 6. The Ascetic Pendulum 7. Paul, an Ascetic in Paradise 8. Suspended between Heaven and Earth: Simeon Stylites 9. Saints' Stories and the Rise of a Popular Literature 10. Francis of Assisi, a Joyful Ascetic 11. Fra Ginepro, the Holy Fool 12. The Golden Legend Concluding Reflections Notes Index
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