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xxxv, 187 pages ; 22 cm
  • The holy and the grave
  • "A fine and private place"
  • The invisible companion
  • The very special dead
  • Praesentia
  • Potentia.
In this groundbreaking work, Peter Brown explores how the worship of saints and their corporeal remains became central to religious life in Western Europe after the fall of the Roman Empire. During this period, earthly remnants served as a heavenly connection, and their veneration is a fascinating window into the cultural mood of a region in transition. Brown challenges the long-held "two-tier" idea of religion that separated the religious practices of the sophisticated elites from those of the superstitious masses, instead arguing that the cult of the saints crossed boundaries and played a dynamic part in both the Christian faith and the larger world of late antiquity. He shows how men and women living in harsh and sometimes barbaric times relied upon the holy dead to obtain justice, forgiveness, and power, and how a single sainted hair could inspire great thinkers and great artists. An essential text by one of the foremost scholars of European history, this expanded edition includes a new preface from Brown that presents new ideas based on subsequent scholarship.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780226175263 20160618
Green Library
HISTORY-218-01, HISTORY-318-01, RELIGST-218X-01, RELIGST-318X-01
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x, 298 p. ; 23 cm.
  • Introduction-- On Defining the Holy Man-- Asceticism and Paideia: Time for Another Function?-- 'For Next to God, You are My Salvation': Reflections on the Rise of the Holy Man in Late Antiquity-- 'What we heard in the Lives of the Saints we have Seen with Our Own Eyes': The Holy Man as Literary Text in Tenth-Century Constantinople-- De-mystifying the Role of Sanctity in Western Christendom-- The Origins of the Carolingian Attempt to Regulate the Cult of Saints-- The Missionary Life-- The Cult of Saints in Medieval Rus'-- The Holy Man and Christianization from the Apocryphal Apostles to St Stephen of Perm-- Prophecy and Holy Men in Early Islam-- The Etiquette of Devotion in the Islamic Cult of Saints.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780198269786 20160528
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.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780198269786 20160528
Green Library
HISTORY-218-01, HISTORY-318-01, RELIGST-218X-01, RELIGST-318X-01
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xxxiv, 252 p. ; 24 cm.
Green Library
HISTORY-218-01, HISTORY-318-01, RELIGST-218X-01, RELIGST-318X-01
Book
273 p.
hdl.handle.net ACLS Humanities E-Book
Green Library
HISTORY-218-01, HISTORY-318-01, RELIGST-218X-01, RELIGST-318X-01
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xviii, 456 p. : ill., facsims., map ; 26 cm.
  • List of illustrations-- Acknowledgements-- Frequently cited manuscripts-- Abbreviations-- General introduction-- Part I. Historical Formations of the Cult of Saints: 1. Formations and transformations of the cult of saints: fourth through twelfth centuries-- 2. The historical character of pictorial hagiographies-- Part II. A case study: St. Amand d'elnone 1066-1180: 3. The formation of a pictorial hagiography: manuscript 502-- 4. St. Amand and its cult between 1066 and 1107: manuscript 502-- 5. St. Amand and its cult between 1107 and 1180: manuscript 501 and 500-- General conclusions-- Part III. Appendixes: 1. Cult development for saints whose lives were illustrated, with graphic chart-- 2. Map of major sites-- 3. Chronology and synopses of pictorial hagiographies-- 4. Chart showing distribution of subjects of illustrated saints' lives-- 5. Contents and analytic comparisons of the illustrated lives of Saint Amand: manuscripts 502, 501, 500-- Notes-- Bibliography-- Illustrations-- Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521393164 20160528
This book sets new questions and offers innovative models for exploring the economic and artistic formations and reformations of the cult of saints in Medieval Europe together with its underlying social and political dynamic. The author examines a spectrum of cultural practices through more than thirty illustrated cycles of saints' lives in a range of media, published together for the first time: painted manuscripts; silver, gold, and ivory reliquaries; bronze doors; and stained glass. These are set against the history of one monastery, Saint-Amand d'Elnone, where three distinct illustrated versions of its saint's life survive from a hundred-year period, each adapted to a phase within the changing political and economic fortunes of the abbey.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521393164 20160528
Green Library
HISTORY-218-01, HISTORY-318-01, RELIGST-218X-01, RELIGST-318X-01
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xii, 358 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Green Library
HISTORY-218-01, HISTORY-318-01, RELIGST-218X-01, RELIGST-318X-01
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xiv, 227 p. ; 23 cm.
hdl.handle.net ACLS Humanities E-Book
Green Library
HISTORY-218-01, HISTORY-318-01, RELIGST-218X-01, RELIGST-318X-01