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The lives of these “holy” women that show a great contact between court and convent contribute to better understand the history of women. Social and cultural circumstances in which the living saints coexist at the end of the 15th century and the beginning of the 16th are alighted in this wiki: the editions and the database which classifies the performativity of female spiritual authority clarifies the construction and evolution of female sanctity through European influences and even through the broken coexistence of religions and races. Regarding gender, the tension between male and female authority (ecclesiastical or charismatic) is continually renegotiated in the case of the living saints. This project aims to collect a corpus of Castilian lives of women with a reputation for holiness between 1400 and 1550, without excluding the non-visionary ones; to develop a database from the Catalogue of Living Saints in order to understand the model with its performative shape and power spacialization; to study the construction and evolution of the hagiographic model of these holy women, opening lines of interdisciplinary study; and to analyze foreign influences on this Castilian hagiographic model.