Catherine of Siena

1347 - 1380

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Catherine of Siena (25 March 1347 – 29 April 1380), a lay member of the Dominican Order, was a mystic, activist, and author who had a great influence on Italian literature and the Catholic Church. Canonized in 1461, she is also a Doctor of the Church. She was born and raised in Siena, and at an early age wanted to devote herself to God, against the will of her parents. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Catherine of Siena has received more than 1,664,800 page views. Her biography is available in 59 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 57 in 2019). Catherine of Siena is the 116th most popular religious figure (up from 144th in 2019), the 141st most popular biography from Italy (up from 165th in 2019) and the 35th most popular Italian Religious Figure.

Catherine of Siena was a medieval Italian saint who was a tertiary of the Dominican Order and a Scholastic philosopher and theologian. She was also a mystic and ascetic who lived a life of poverty.

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Among religious figures, Catherine of Siena ranks 116 out of 2,272. Before her are Pope Urban VII, Pope Pius V, Clare of Assisi, Pope Sylvester I, Albertus Magnus, and Francis Xavier. After her are Pope Pius VI, Job, Pope Pius VIII, Saint Christopher, Agatha of Sicily, and Hassan-i Sabbah.

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Among people born in 1347, Catherine of Siena ranks 1After her are Elizabeth of Pomerania, Emperor Go-Kameyama, Margaret of Durazzo, and Frederick III, Duke of Austria. Among people deceased in 1380, Catherine of Siena ranks 1After her are Charles V of France, Haakon VI of Norway, Bertrand du Guesclin, Mamai, Elizabeth of Poland, Queen of Hungary, Inca Roca, Emperor Kōmyō, Manuel Kantakouzenos, and Theodoric of Prague.

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Among people born in Italy, Catherine of Siena ranks 141 out of 4,088. Before her are Donato Bramante (1443), Sergio Leone (1929), Cardinal Mazarin (1602), Pope Sylvester I (300), Giovanni Pico della Mirandola (1463), and Leon Battista Alberti (1404). After her are Pope Pius VI (1717), Galba (-3), Pope Pius VIII (1761), Luigi Galvani (1737), Boethius (480), and Paolo Veronese (1528).


Among religious figures born in Italy, Catherine of Siena ranks 35Before her are Pope Clement I (40), Pope Urban VIII (1568), Pope Urban VII (1521), Pope Pius V (1504), Clare of Assisi (1193), and Pope Sylvester I (300). After her are Pope Pius VI (1717), Pope Pius VIII (1761), Agatha of Sicily (235), Pope Leo XII (1760), Anselm of Canterbury (1033), and Pope Gregory IX (1160).