This anonymous Life of Isidro of Madrid (d. pre-1192) represents a rare medieval effort to justify the sanctification of a non-noble layman, in this case, a tenant farmer. Note how the author does this, in part, by depicting Isidro as a man who made a virtue out of the curse inflicted on Adam ("You will earn your bread from the labor of your hands and the sweat of your brow," Genesis 3:19) by embracing the life of an agricultural laborer. Isidro was canonized in 1622, along with Ignatius Loyola, Francis Xavier, Teresa of Ávila, and Philip Neri. Shortly thereafter, Isidro became the patron saint of Madrid.
© 2008 Kenneth Baxter Wolf
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 3.0 License.
Wolf, Kenneth B. "The life of San Isidro of Madrid." Medieval Texts in Translation, 2008. Web. 22 May 2009. canilup.googlepages.com.