Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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James of Voragine
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James of Voragine was probably born in Genoa around 1228-29 and his name attests familial ancestry relating to the nearby town of Varagine, today Varazze. There is no evidence that he was born in Varazze, however, and James refers to himself as coming from Genoa. The more common ‘Voragine’, attested since the 14th century, is probably no more than a corruption of the original name. Nothing is known about his early life, …

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Mula, Stefano, “James of Voragine”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 17 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2010

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