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The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages

Essays on the Contribution of Peter Brown

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The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages
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This book contains eleven essays, prefaced by a general introduction, on a set of related themes: the characteristic traits and diverse functions of holy men; the fashioning of saints out of a small minority of holy men and a number of other individuals of high social status but with more dubious spiritual credentials; the literary processes involved in the construction of hagiographical texts; the role of hagiography in the creation and diffusion of cults; and the worldly interests and other purposes which were served by hagiographical texts and the cults which they propagated. These themes are explored across a wide range of social and cultural milieux, extending from the late antique east Mediterranean through the early medieval Frankish world and Byzantium to Russia and Islam in the high middle ages. The work of Peter Brown, in particular his article, 'The Rise and Function of the Holy Man in Late Antiquity', first published in 1971, forms a constant point of reference, acknowledged by the contributors as having irradiated the whole field with fresh, provocative, and illuminating ideas.
Release date NZ
February 1st, 2000
Contributors
Edited by James Howard-Johnston Edited by Paul Antony Hayward
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Oxford University Press
Pages
308
Dimensions
144x224x23
ISBN-13
9780198269786
Product ID
1859319

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