Martín de Porres: Santo de América
Lima: IEP Instituto de Estudios Peruanos (Serie: Estudios Históricos, 70), 2016. First Edition. Paperback. 310p., maps, photos, facsimiles, tables, bibl., wrps. New. Item #62556
"Martín de Porres: Santo de América" chronicles the life of Martín de Porres (1579-1639), who was named the first black saint of the Americas and the patron of racial justice in 1962 by Pope John XXIII, amid tense civil rights struggles in the U.S. The son of a Spanish father and a former slavewoman from Panamá, Martín spent his life as a barber and nurse at a Dominican monastery in Lima. This book provides visual representations of Martín and testimonies from his contemporaries, demonstrating the evolving interpretations of his legend and miracles, and tracing the centuries-long campaign to formally proclaim Martín de Porres as a hero of Catholicism. This book was originally published in English under the title: "Black Saint of the Americas: The life and afterlife of Martín de Porres"