On Symbolism and Reality

“In Peter [of Morrone’s] era people understood the world around them through allegory, symbolism, and parallels that might seem far-fetched to us today. Medieval people were continually seeking lines of connection between the natural and the divine. The outward appearances of things were believed to cloak deeper, spiritual realities” (Sweeney 77).

Sweeney, Jon M. The Pope Who Quit: A True Medieval Tale of Mystery, Death, and Salvation. Image Books, Random House,
Inc., 2012.


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