Lives and Miracles of the Saints: Studies in Medieval Latin Hagiography

1st Edition

Michael E. Goodich

Routledge
Published December 23, 2004
Reference - 320 Pages
ISBN 9780860789307 - CAT# Y233801
Series: Variorum Collected Studies

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Summary

Hagiography is a rich source for our knowledge of many aspects of medieval culture and tradition. The lives and miracles of the saints may be read on several levels, both as an expression of the dominant ideology and as a reflection of long-term themes in medieval society. The essays in this volume attempt to exploit the Latin hagiographical sources of the medieval West as means of illuminating our understanding of a variety of such themes: childhood and adolescence, elite and popular religion, sainthood and politics, the mechanism of canonisation, women in the church, dreams, visions and the concept of the miraculous, and the convergence of heresy, disbelief and piety.

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