Excerpt from Saint Catherine of Siena: And Her Times And no bell tolled, and no one wept for any matter, for all expected death, since things went so that folk believed none would remain, and many thought and said, This is the end of the world.’ Some months before this terrible moment Lapa, the wife of Giacomo Benincasa, a well-to-do dyer in the ward of Siena known as the Contrada dell’ Oca, or Ward of the Goose, so called as some say from the ocks of geese kept there, gave birth to twins, who were named Giovanna and Catarina. The former lived but a short time; the latter grew up to be the pride of Siena, and the most distinguished woman saint of the great Dominican Order. Early biographers, to whom all connected with St Catherine seemed touched by the supernatural, regarded her survival of the plague as the first of many miracles connected with la beata popolana, as the Sienese lovingly call her, one of many fond names by which she is known in her native city. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.